Diana Biere of Bland felt a mix of emotions when she received an email from the Missouri Lottery stating that her favorite numbers had been drawn. Fifty-four-year-old Biere, a My Lottery® member, was thrilled to potentially win a $10,000 prize for matching four white-ball numbers and the Mega Ball® in the Mega Millions® drawing on April 12. However, fear began to squash those feelings of excitement when she realized that although she plays her favorite numbers almost daily, she might have forgotten to play that particular drawing.
“We had company coming in, and I thought I missed getting my ticket Saturday,” Biere recounted. “So, when I saw it, I thought, ‘Shoot! That’s the day I didn’t have a ticket.’ I figured I’d missed it. But, it wasn’t. It was Friday, and I had my ticket!”
My Lottery is a free players club that allows members to take advantage of online services, including favorite numbers reports. My Lottery members have the opportunity to register their favorite numbers with their favorite games. When any combination of these numbers are drawn to win a prize, the Missouri Lottery notifies the My Lottery member via email.
The mother-of-two and grandmother-of-four explained that she’s been playing a combination of special numbers for years.
“(I play) their birthdates – my kids, grandkids, ours, my mom, and the Mega Ball number is our anniversary,” she clarified.
Diana, an associate director of a non-profit organization, and her husband, Gary, a professor at Linn Tech, said they know exactly how they’ll use the windfall. The couple, who’ve been married for 42 years, will “definitely pay off a credit card bill first.”
“We needed some new appliances, so this will do it,” Biere added. “My dryer just went on the fritz, and my range is on its last leg. We keep saying that we think we just need to get new ones. And we’ll probably give the kids a little bit of money.”
Mega Millions is a multi-lottery Draw Game with jackpots that start at $12 million.