Michigan Couple Claim Share of Mega Millions Jackpot
26th October 2017 1:06 PM
Kevin and Stephanie Blake, a couple from Waterford, Michigan, have claimed half of the Mega Millions jackpot worth $42 million, for the drawing on Friday, October 13th. The couple won the jackpot alongside one other lucky player from Rhode Island, who has yet to come forward.
Where was the winning ticket sold?
The ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store, on 3461 Airport Road, Waterford. The ticket matched the winning numbers, which were 2, 7, 18, 26, 31, and the Mega Ball number 12. You can view a detailed breakdown for the drawing on October 13th, including the payouts and number of winners in each prize tier on the Mega Millions Numbers page.
How did the couple choose their numbers?
The coupled matched 5 main numbers plus the Mega Ball. Blake chose the numbers by using family birthdays and he also opted for a couple of Quick Pick tickets, worth a total of $5. When commenting on the win, Blake said, “I’ve played the same numbers for years, it didn’t even occur to me that it was Friday the 13th.”
How did the couple find out they’d won?
Having bought their Mega Millions tickets, the couple carried on with their regular weekend routine, not realising that they were holding a Mega Millions ticket worth $21 million. Stephanie found out when watching a news report, which announced that a jackpot winning ticket was sold in the Waterford area. She ran to tell her husband.
“We got online and pulled the numbers up,” commented Blake. “Almost in unison, we both said: ‘Those are our birthdays!’”
After a sleepless night, the couple spent time processing their win. They decided to take the one-off lump sum of approximately $13.1 million, which is $9.3 million after tax withholdings.
What will they do with the Mega Millions winnings?
The couple plan to spend their new-found fortune on paying off bills and the remainder will go towards their retirement. Speaking about the winnings, Blake said, “It’s great to know that the stress of worrying about our financial future is over.”
Become a Mega Millions winner
The next Mega Millions jackpot for Friday is an estimated $30 million. Players should be aware that the drawing on Friday will be the last drawing under the current rules. You can find out about the Mega Millions Changes by visiting the dedicated page. The new rules will come into effect this Saturday, October 28th.
Mega Millions tickets are available at any authorized retailers in participating states or fans of the game can enter by choosing their numbers online. More information is available here.
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