One lucky man from Leawood, Kan., knows exactly how he’ll use the $1 million Mega Millions prize he won playing the Missouri Lottery. Truett Swaim, a 60-year-old orthopedic surgeon, plans to “work less, play more golf, exercise more and go on a few more vacations.”
Swaim won the prize by using Quick Pick to match all five white-ball numbers drawn on Dec. 3, 2013. He didn’t find out he was driving around with the winning ticket stashed in his car until two days before Valentine’s Day, while visiting his fiancée in Springfield.
“I was almost out of gas, and then I looked around and saw a Kum & Go,” Swaim reminisced, noting that he actually bought the ticket at QuikTrip, 10601 State Line Road in Kansas City, last December.
After fueling up, the first-time Lottery winner went inside of the store to scan his ticket.
“It said I have to go to the office,” he recalled, referring to the message on the Check-A-Ticket machine. “I asked the clerks what it meant. They said, ‘It means you won over $500.’ I didn’t think much of it.”
It wasn’t until later that evening that he shared the news with his fiancée, who decided to check the numbers on the Lottery’s website, MOLottery.com. The winning numbers were: 7, 12, 41, 44 and 59. The Mega Ball was 3.
“I was quite surprised,” Swaim shared after learning he had won $1 million. “I always wanted to win the Lottery. It will be fun.”
Swaim said that the prize money won’t change much about his daily life, but it will provide a “cushion.”
“It makes me feel better about my future financial security,” he added. “Everything seems to be going up in price at the grocery store and everywhere else.”
Swaim noted that he and his fiancée, who are set to wed in August, were already planning a honeymoon to Fiji, but the prize will afford the couple with some “extra spending cash.”
Mega Millions is a bi-weekly Draw Game with jackpots starting at $15 million that grow until someone wins. It costs $1 to play, and for an additional $1, players can add the Megaplier feature, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes up to five times their normal value.