(Pierre) – When Linda Marcus was going in to the Corner Pantry on Dakota Avenue South in Huron last week to pay for their gas, her husband Pete reminded her to buy a lottery ticket. It turned out to be good advice; the Mega Millions ticket she purchased won the couple $250,000 in the March 23, 2012 drawing.
The couple are the state’s first Mega Millions second prize winners and claimed their prize today at the Pierre Lottery office. The odds of winning $250,000 playing the game are 1:3,904,701. The Corner Pantry also hit it big with the win; the store will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Linda first heard that a $250,000 winning ticket had been sold in Huron on the radio station where she’s worked for 30 years.
“I had been traveling for work and heard on the radio that someone from Huron had purchased a big Mega Millions winner. I told my daughter over the phone that I had a ticket for that drawing and she said I better check it,” said Linda.
Her husband, Pete, had already been doing some checking on his own and asked his brother to look up the numbers on his computer. Although he didn’t have the ticket to check the numbers against, he thought the winning numbers were the same as those he’d seen on his wife’s ticket. Late last night they were able to verify the winning numbers after a day of hopeful speculation.
The couple usually buys one ticket for each drawing, and plan to use their prize “to have some fun.”
Mega Millions is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot currently sits at a record-breaking $500 million for the next drawing on Friday, March 30, 2012.