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Six $1 million lottery prizes won at same Louisiana store

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Six $1 million lottery prizes won at same Louisiana store
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WATSON, La. — It's the biggest thing to hit Watson, Louisiana, since the new WalMart; granted, the new superstore opened Wednesday, but it's hard to overshadow an event like that.

"It's hard to believe," says Ingrid King as she sips sweet tea inside Rotolo's restaurant.

Lottery officials say six different $1 million Mega Millions lottery prizes were won from tickets sold at a gas station in Watson, Louisiana.

The winning tickets were drawn in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing.

Louisiana Lottery officials say earlier this week, a 52-year-old Denham Springs man entered the store to buy a Mega-Millions lottery ticket. He played the same five numbers: 2, 6, 12, 31, and 48. With each play, he chose a different Mega-Ball number, then filled in the "multiplier" box and paid the cashier six dollars.

Tuesday night, the Mega-Millions machine spit out those same five numbers. The 52-year old won $250,000 — three times. When the multiplier ball dropped, his $750,000 quadrupled to $3 million.

He claimed his prize at Louisiana Lottery Headquarters Wednesday.

That alone would be enough to switch the gossip from everyday low prices to millionaires. "It's very crazy, if you want to know the truth," says Micia Hood. She's been making and receiving phone calls all day searching for a relative or friend who might be a freshly minted millionaire. "You can't wait to find out who it is, and you hope it's somebody you know."

But what's even bigger news, is there's another $3 million ticket out there, yet to be claimed.

Apparently, the winning ticket was inadvertently printed twice. According to workers at the store, that ticket sat behind the counter a couple of hours before someone walked in and agreed to buy it.

"If that's the case," says Hood, "then he's supposed to have it. Everybody says, 'Who would have thought Watson would ever have a WalMart?' and then the very next day, you hear that two people — probably someone you know — have been blessed enough to win the lottery. Not one but two."

Call it karma or just a happy accident, but it's got everyone in Watson re-checking their lottery numbers.

After state and federal taxes, the Denham Springs man claimed a total of $2.1 million dollars, lottery spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin said.

The owner of the gas station will receive a bonus of $60,000, or one percent of the prize, for selling the winning tickets.

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Posted: April 13, 2012, 7:50 am - IP Logged

Some people have great faith in their chosen numbers. I have some numbers I have played for years but they have never come. I guess I'm going to keep playing them and see what happens.

That money's gone fo ever

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    Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:11 am - IP Logged

    "Apparently, the winning ticket was inadvertently printed twice. According to workers at the store, that ticket sat behind the counter a couple of hours before someone walked in and agreed to buy it."

     

    Another case of an exact duplicate ticket?  Let hope the slip was run through twice and not the the computer printing twice "inadvertantly."  Anyways, I always buy the mistake tickets my retailer has displayed for sale.

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      Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:29 am - IP Logged

      All I can say is WOW! CONGRATS!Stretch

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        Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:42 am - IP Logged

        All I can say is WOW! CONGRATS!Stretch

        Congratulations to BOTH of the lucky winners!!

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        There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. ~Will Rogers

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          Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:42 am - IP Logged

          Dude claimed his prize quick!! lol I don't blame him!

          Sometimes it pays big to play your own numbers, nice win and no quick pick

          this time around!

           

          Lucky is all I can say, never thought of playing the same number

          more than once for the same draw, he turned a smaller prize into his own jackpot!

          Congrats to the winner!


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            Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:45 am - IP Logged

            Lady Luck is an Equal Opportunity kinda gal! Personal numbers are back in high fashion!

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              Posted: April 13, 2012, 8:50 am - IP Logged

              That's interesting, someone using the same numbers multiple times to change the MegaBall.  We don't often hear of this happening.  It's something I've thought of doing, since you don't win big unless that ball is right.

              Congratulations to this guy with his lucky numbers and the person holding the duplicate!

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                Posted: April 13, 2012, 9:03 am - IP Logged

                Very shrewd gentleman. Importchips take notice of this one!  Cheers

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                  Posted: April 13, 2012, 9:26 am - IP Logged

                  That's interesting, someone using the same numbers multiple times to change the MegaBall.  We don't often hear of this happening.  It's something I've thought of doing, since you don't win big unless that ball is right.

                  Congratulations to this guy with his lucky numbers and the person holding the duplicate!

                  Ya know, the more I think about it, I am starting to consider doing this. I rarely win anything on PowerBall & Mega anyways. I look at it like this, a player is either going to rarely match any #'s at all, or  even a couple. It just takes that one time to match 5. Instead of buying multiple tickets, I may just stick to a couple lines of the same # with a diff Powerball.

                   

                  Just like many Mega & PowerBall winners, I am sure they have played the same #'s for years rarely matching multiple #'s or getting close. Then out of no where BAM match all 5 or even 6.

                   

                  It kinda makes sense to do what this guy did

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                    Posted: April 13, 2012, 9:51 am - IP Logged

                    I recently started playing the megaplier/power play because of the possibility of hitting the second prize, like he did. Guess they did'nt fix the glitch.

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                      Posted: April 13, 2012, 10:07 am - IP Logged

                      Very Nice!  Dance

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                        Posted: April 13, 2012, 10:26 am - IP Logged

                        Amazing.  And the ticket with the other 3M$ was 'just sitting there'.  I bet there are alot of clerks who are kicking themselves now!  Congrats to the lucky blessed winners!

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                          Posted: April 13, 2012, 10:46 am - IP Logged

                          Just goes to show that sometimes it pays to buy "mistake" tickets.

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                            Posted: April 13, 2012, 11:17 am - IP Logged

                            Congrats to all. Unhappy