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November 30, 2010

Wright City Woman Wins $10,000 with Mega Millions

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Laura Walker of Wright City has stepped forward to claim a $10,000 prize after matching four out of five white-ball numbers, as well as the Megaball®, from the Nov. 26 Mega Millions drawing.   Walker, a server at Rizzo’s in O’Fallon, presented her winning ticket at the Lottery’s St. Louis regional office on Nov. 29.

She purchased the $1 Quick Pick ticket at Abel’s Quik Shop, 645 W. Service Road N. in Wright City, and checked it online the morning following the drawing.

“I had my husband re-check it and re-check it and re-check it,” Walker said, laughing about how she was certain she must have entered a number incorrectly.

Her husband, Don, verified that she was in fact holding a Mega Millions ticket worth $10,000 and pointed out that she was just one number away from winning the jackpot prize.

“But a bird in the hand…” she said.  “I told him, ‘Oh my God, we just won $10,000!’”

According to Walker, she plans to use her Lottery winnings to help her daughter start a business.  She said she also plans “to have a nice Christmas and get caught up on things.”

Like Powerball, Mega Millions players have nine ways to win in the multi-state game.  With drawings held every Tuesday and Friday night, the game features a jackpot prize that starts at $12 million and continues to grow until someone wins it.

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