July 13, 2016

Grandview Man's Multiple Wins Add Up To $60,000 Prize

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A big Mega Millions jackpot is worth a few tries at winning, but one Grandview man recently used multiple tickets with the same numbers to add up to a big payday. Damon Booth, 43, bought three $5 tickets with similar numbers, trying different Mega Ball numbers. He only matched the Mega Ball once, but he did add Megaplier to his tickets, and after matching four white-ball numbers multiple times, his winnings from the June 24 draw added up to $60,000.

Booth has used the same strategy to win big on Pick 3. If you have 10 tickets that win $600, it adds up to a $6,000 prize.

The Megaplier multiplies a non-jackpot win by the Megaplier number drawn in that drawing. Booth had 14 plays that won $500, and with Megaplier, each play was worth $2,500. On the ticket that he matched the Mega Ball, it turned the $5,000 prize into $25,000.

Put it all together and Booth has $60,000 in winnings. The winning Mega Millions numbers on June 24 were:  11, 14, 54, 57, 63, and the Mega Ball was 11. Booth bought his winning tickets at QuikTrip, 6015 E. 147th St., in Grandview.

Booth, who works with youth, said he would quit his job if he won the big jackpot. For now, he’s happy to pay some bills and his student loans. He’ll keep playing.

“Yeah, I’m not going to stop,” he said. “I’m trying see if I can hit it big.”

Mega Millions is a multi-state Draw Game with jackpots that start at $15 million and grow until someone ones. Players can add Megaplier to their ticket at the time of purchase for an extra $1 and win larger non-jackpot prizes, including the Match 5 prize of $1 million. In this instance on June 24 with a Megaplier of five, the Match 5 prize with Megaplier would have been $5 million.


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