2010-05-12 14:30:37.66

St. Louis Man Will Pay Bills With $10,000 Mega Millions Prize

audio icon Dedication to regular play led a St. Louis man to a $10,000 Mega Millions prize on May 4.  Edward Franklin, 52, said he needed a few groceries, so he and his wife stopped at Schnucks Market, 4333 Butler Hill Road, in St. Louis.

"We always buy our tickets there," he began.  "We bought our normal $5 worth of tickets, and we won!"     
Franklin discovered he was a winner the day after the drawing.

"My wife normally checks them (tickets)," he began, referring to her routine of checking the numbers on Check-A-Ticket machines.  "But, for some reason, I had this feeling like I needed to check the numbers.  So, I went online and checked and looked and looked at it again, and then it kind of hit me."

His first thought was that now he could visit his son serving in Italy.  He added that his son will be returning home in the near future, so he probably won’t make the trip, but it was nice to be able to if he wanted.

It was early in the morning when he realized he was a winner, so his next step was to wake up his wife, who he said was excited, but she wanted to revisit the topic after she had her coffee.

As for how he will spend the windfall, the first-time Lottery winner plans to "pay a few bills and bank the rest of it."

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.  Franklin used Quick Pick to select the winning numbers from the May 4 drawing, which were:  9, 21, 31, 36 and 43.  The Megaball® was 8, and the Megaplier® was 3.  The Missouri Lottery began Mega Millions sales on Jan. 31.

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