RICHMOND, Va. — A Chesterfield, Virginia, man has cashed in three Mega Millions lottery tickets worth $1 million each.
Don Wilson, Virginia newest millionaire, said money does not turn him on.
"It's just money. There is stuff in life that is so much more important than money. Money takes away some concerns and things, but money is not going to add anything of value to your life. Just stuff," Wilson said.
Wilson said the winning numbers — 2, 9, 11, 22, 23, with Mega Ball number 12 — were a combination of family members' birthdays. In addition to the three $1 million winners, two more of his tickets won $500 each. His two $500 winning tickets matched four of the first five numbers and did not match the Mega Ball number.
Wilson seemed matter of fact while he claimed his $3,001,000 check.
"[My] health is much more important to me than this check," he said. "It's a blessing and I'm going to take it that way."
Wilson said he does not play lottery often and only did so after a recent lottery ad campaign caught his attention. He said he planned to use some of the money to help Super Kids, a ministry that helps people with intellectual disabilities in Central Virginia.
The winning tickets were bought at the Kangaroo Express, 891 Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights, a store Wilson said he just happened to be in at the time he bought the tickets.
He did not shed insight into why he bought multiple tickets with the same numbers, a strategy that this time paid off.
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