Kelley Brooks Mega Millions lottery ticket matched the first five numbers drawn on Tuesday. She missed the Mega Ball number, but still ended that day a million bucks richer.
The Aylett woman’s husband reminded her to pick up a lottery ticket for the $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing, according to a Virginia Lottery news release, and she’s lucky he did.
Brooks stopped by the Chill Stop on the Richmond Tappahannock Highway in King William and asked for an Easy Pick Mega Millions Lottery Ticket, the release said. The computer picked the numbers for her.
On Wednesday her husband, Larry, called her and told her she’d won the lottery, according to the release. She told him “no I didn’t.”
Her Easy Pick ticket matched the first five numbers of the $1.6 billion dollar drawing, the release said. She did win.
Her ticket did not have the Mega Ball number for the drawing, according to the release, so instead of winning $1.6 billion, she won just a million dollars.
What were the odds? One in 12,607,306 to match the first five numbers of the drawing, the release said.
“I was shaking,” Brooks said in the release. “I couldn’t believe it.”
On Friday both Brooks and her husband received the massive check where she bought the ticket, according to the release.
The Chill Stop received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket, the release said.
Neither Brooks nor her husband know what they’re going to do with the money, according to the release.
“I still feel the same way,” Brooks said in the release. “I’m still going to be the same person.”
King William County schools have received more than $1.1 million in lottery proceeds during the last fiscal year, according to the release.
The Virginia Lottery generates more than $1.6 million daily for public schools across the state, the release said.
Mega Millions lottery drawings take place Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m., according to the release.
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