A Missouri Lottery player has claimed the state’s first $1 million prize in the Mega Millions jackpot game by matching all five white-ball numbers from the April 2 drawing. Normally a “match 5” win would translate into a $250,000 prize, but Steven Baugh, 55, also purchased the Megaplier® feature, which upped his prize amount to $1 million.
When told he was the very first Missouri Lottery player to win $1 million playing Mega Millions, Baugh replied, “I knew I was special!”
A commodities broker from Mansfield, he bought the winning ticket at Signal Food Store, W. 881 Commercial St., in Mansfield.
“I go there every day to buy Lottery tickets,” he said. “I play all the draw games, and I check my tickets every morning on the computer.”
According to Baugh, learning he had won $1 million led to “a restless weekend sitting on this ticket” while he waited for the Lottery offices to open on Monday morning.
Claiming his prize at the Lottery’s regional office in Springfield, he said his $1 million winning numbers – 2, 17, 22, 30 and 31 – were a combination of family birthdays and his wedding anniversary. With family members to thank for his good fortune, Baugh intends to make sure they’re provided for.
“We’re at an age now, we need to do some wise things,” he said. “We’re nearing retirement, and we’ve got four grandkids. We’ll take care of the grandkids, then we’ll take care of us.”
Mega Millions, a multi-lottery Numbers Game with jackpots that start at $12 million, holds drawings twice each week on Tuesday and Friday nights. The Megaplier® option is available for $1 extra at the time of ticket purchase, allowing players to increase non-jackpot prize winnings by 2, 3 or 4 times, depending on the number drawn. In Baugh’s case, the Megaplier® drawn on April 2 was a 4, quadrupling his original prize amount of $250,000 into $1 million.