2010-03-02 09:39:54.263

First Time Mega Millions Player Wins $10,000 Prize

Story Photo audio icon A Rolla man’s decision to purchase his first Mega Millions ticket ended with another first – a trip to a Missouri Lottery regional office to claim a $10,000 prize.  Dale Ford, a retired United Parcel Service (UPS) employee, almost didn’t buy the ticket, but a clerk at Break Time, 1300 Highway 72 in Rolla, "kind of inferred I should try it." 

He discovered he won after returning to the retail location to check his ticket at a Check-A-Ticket machine.

"It said, ’Cannot process,’ which I immediately knew it had to be bigger than what the station would pay," he shared.

"The lady recognized me and said, ’You are the one I sold the ticket to, and you have just won $10,000!"

Ford said he immediately "wanted to get home" and share the news with his wife.   

"(I) went home, and told her that I won like $3 on one," he began.  "I said, ’Now the other one was $10,000.’  She just sat there looking at me, and she says, ’You’re kidding me?"

She wanted proof, so he showed his wife the numbers from the Lottery’s Web site, Molottery.com.
The couple is "conscientious about how money is spent," so they plan to take some time to think about what they want to do with their windfall.

Ford used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers from the Feb. 23 drawing.  He matched four white-ball numbers and the Megaball®.  The winning numbers from the drawing were:  4, 16, 36, 40, 53, and the Megaball® was 18. 

Mega Millions is a multi-state game that features jackpots starting at $12 million.  Drawings are held
on Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 p.m.  To date, the highest Mega Millions jackpot prize claimed is $390 million – a prize split by two ticketholders in Georgia and New Jersey.  The Missouri Lottery began Mega Millions sales on Jan. 31.

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