Mega Millions Winner
July 10, 2016 by staff
Mega Millions Winner, An undercurrent of excitement permeated the busy Cambridge City gas station that sold the winning ticket for Friday night’s $540 million Mega Millions jackpot.
There also was one main question: Who is the winner?
The Speedway station is by the McDonald’s restaurant on the southeast corner of Indiana 1′s intersection with Interstate 70. As the cars with license plates from a variety of states pulling up to the station’s pumps Saturday indicated, whoever bought the winning ticket could be from almost anywhere.
So, is the new multimillionaire a friend or neighbor? A fellow Hoosier or neighboring Buckeye? Or just a stranger passing through?
“I’m hoping it’s someone local, because that’s awesome … just great,” said Amanda Payne of Hagerstown before she filled her gas tank. “Being here on 70, you just don’t know.”
Congrats to the one #MegaMillions jackpot winner in Indiana pic.twitter.com/QVDbblywEe
— California Lottery (@calottery) July 9, 2016
Cody Sankey of Economy was hoping for a local winner, too.
“You want to stimulate our local economy, how about that?” he said. “Bring $540 million to Wayne County.”
Friday’s prize, which has just the one winning ticket, is estimated – before taxes – at $540 million for a 30-year annuity or at $380 million for a one-time lump sum, according to the Hoosier Lottery. The total is estimated as the third-highest Mega Millions jackpot and the highest ever won by just a single ticket, according to Mega Millions. The jackpot ranks seventh among Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots.
The Mega Millions jackpot far exceeds two major Powerball jackpots won with tickets purchased at Richmond Speedway stations. A ticket bought at the National Road East Speedway was worth $314.3 million for David Coterel of Riverside, Ohio, in August 2007. The Speedway on National Road West also sold a winning ticket in July 1998 for a $295.7 million jackpot. Thirteen machinists from Westerville, Ohio, who had pooled their money, shared that prize.
The most recent winner, whoever it is, must claim the jackpot at the Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis, said Dennis Rosebrough, the Hoosier Lottery’s director of public relations. That prize payment center opens at 8:30 Monday morning.
A sign advertises the Hoosier Lottery at the Speedway gas station where the winning ticket to Friday’s $540 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold near Cambridge City. (Photo: Mike Emery/Palladium-Item)
Rosebrough said the winner might be waiting for the center to open, or might take more time.
“It’s a waiting game,” he said.
Whoever holds the winning ticket has 180 days to claim the prize, and can also. Rosebrough said winners of large jackpots often speak to lawyers, financial planners or both prior to claiming their prizes.
Vikki Jordan of Milton wasn’t sure Saturday whether she was the winner, at least when she pulled up to a gas pump at the Cambridge City Speedway. She couldn’t remember if she bought a ticket at the station for Friday’s drawing or not.
“I could be (the winner),” she said. “I’d better go check my ticket.”
“Every lotto ticket I’ve ever bought’s at this gas station, except yesterday. I’m not the winner. I’m just the local guy that gets to take part in the excitement, I guess.”
Alas, Jordan isn’t the winner. Neither Payne nor Sankey won either, but they were excited about the winning ticket being sold in Wayne County.
“Every lotto ticket I’ve ever bought’s at this gas station, except yesterday,” Sankey said. “I’m not the winner. I’m just the local guy that gets to take part in the excitement, I guess.”
Payne said she usually buys her lottery tickets at the Speedway, but this time, she purchased her ticket at another Cambridge City location.
“I think it’s wonderful, but I sure wish it was me,” she said. “But, hey, it could be a family member.
“I buy tickets about every week. Unfortunately, yes, it wasn’t me this time. It will be someday, though. It will be.”
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