Walt Plummer knew he had a winning ticket. He thought he’d won a couple of bucks, as he had several times before. So the Sterling man showed his ticket to a store clerk and received a startling response.
“Now don’t have a heart attack …” the clerk began. It turns out the ticket was worth $1 million.
Plummer matched the first five numbers in the Friday, June 13 Mega Millions drawing. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 46141 Woodshire Drive in Sterling.
On June 25 he returned to the store to receive his prize from Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto. The store received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers were 7-38-46-49-56 and the Mega Ball number was 1. He used "Easy Pick," allowing the computer to select the numbers on his ticket at random.
Sterling has been a very lucky place lately. Just eight days after the drawing in which Plummer won, a Powerball ticket bought in Sterling won $1 million. That ticket has not yet been claimed.
Plummer, who works as a cabinet-maker, said he intends to use his winnings to take care of his family and save for retirement.
The odds of winning the $1 million prize in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.3 million per day for Virginia’s K-12 public schools. Operating on revenue from the sale of Lottery products, the Virginia Lottery generated more than $486.5 million for Virginia’s public schools in fiscal 2013, according to Lottery officials.
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