(Pierre) – Kenneth Lund of Worthing is a lucky man, and it’s not just because he claimed his $250,000 Mega Millions prize today from the January 8, 2013 drawing. It’s because he almost lost his chance to claim it.
Lund purchased his winning Quick Pick ticket at the Countryside Convenience truck stop in Lennox. One of his three daughters works there; in fact, she was the clerk who sold him his ticket for the Mega Millions drawing. The truck stop, which will receive a $10,000 bonus for the sale, was where Lund went to check his Mega Millions ticket to see if it was a winner. And it was there that his luck almost ran out.
“I ran it through the ticket checker and it said ‘sign your ticket’. My vision’s not what it used to be; I thought it wasn’t a winner. So I dumped it in the garbage, bought a Powerball ticket and went home,” Lund said.
When his daughter called to see if he had the winning ticket that was sold in Lennox, he told her what he’d done. And she told him he should go back and find his ticket.
“So I drove the six miles back to Lennox, went to the wastebasket and there was my ticket, right where I’d left it,” he said.
The odds of winning $250,000 playing Mega Millions are 1:3,904,701. Lund, who’s retired after 40 years as a truck driver, says he purchased a lot of lotto tickets over the years between South Dakota and Texas, and with this win is “probably about even now”. Still, he does have an idea or two about what he’ll do with his winnings.
“I’ll probably buy a new pickup,” Lund said. As to whether he’ll share the money with the daughter who made him a winner? “We haven’t talked about that yet!”
Mega Millions is played in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The jackpot currently sits at $55 million for the next drawing on Friday, January 11, 2013.