Not only will a Camdenton couple benefit from winning $250,000 on a Missouri Lottery Mega Millions ticket, but so will their family and friends. Timothy Hall used Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers drawn on Oct. 11, earning the 59-year-old a quarter of a million dollar payday. The winning numbers were: 3, 27, 37, 45 and 48.
“My truck was getting worked on, so I stopped to get a cup of coffee,” Hall explained, referring to a trip to Signal Food Store, 134 E. Highway 54, in Camdenton. “I bought some other Lottery tickets while I was there, and the girl working said, ‘We sold a big one last week. Make sure you check your tickets, if you haven’t.’”
The reminder prompted Hall to scan his Mega Millions tickets from the early-October drawing.
“I went and got them (tickets), and went back to the store and checked it out,” he continued. “The $250,000 flashed up on the screen. It was a happy day!”
Hall immediately called his wife, Shannon, who he teased, “was too busy saving lives that day” as an emergency room nurse to meet him at the store.
“She couldn’t get off work, so I had to wait until she got home at 7:30 p.m. to really celebrate,” he recalled.
While claiming the prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City, the Halls admitted that the “best part” about the win is how the windfall will help their four children.
“It (win) means we can give some money to our kids,” Timothy said, noting the prize will help their family with home expenses and college tuition bills. “We (Timothy and Shannon) really don’t need anything.”
The Halls plan to “have some fun,” too.
“We’re going to rent a party bus and take all of our friends out to dinner and have a party,” Timothy beamed. “That’s the most fun about this – being able to share it. It’s not for what we get, but for what we get to give.”
When asked if he’d ever won a Missouri Lottery prize before, Timothy declared, “I won Shannon! That’s the biggest prize I’ve won!”
Timothy summed up the entire experience with some advice for other players: “Play the game,” he started. “You never know what’s going to happen.”
Mega Millions is a bi-weekly Draw Game with jackpots that start at $15 million and grow by at least $5 million when the jackpot rolls. It costs $1 to play, and for an additional $1, players can add the Megaplier feature, which multiplies non-jackpot prize winnings up to five times their normal value.