The story of Maxine Miller’s Mega Millions win is a proof that every cloud has a silver lining. After losing her ticket with a hand-picked numbers, she decided to buy a Quick Pick instead and ended up with $1.000.000!
The lucky woman from Plainview, New York matched the five main numbers in the Mega Millions draw on February 16th, but it took her over a month to come forward. Miller wouldn’t even be holding this amazing fortune in her hands if she hadn’t lost a magazine where the first pair of tickets she bought was stashed.
“I put the tickets in the magazine and the magazine in my pocketbook and the whole thing into the back seat of the car. What happened to those tickets remains a mystery,” said the 69-year-old, who headed to another store to purchase more tickets for the same drawing after realizing the old ones were missing.
Miller initially thought her prize amounted to $1.001, but she eventually noticed another whole set of zeroes. She immediately called her husband, who confirmed she matched all the winning numbers, except for the Mega Ball.
“My bad luck turned into good luck just like that. If someone found my original ticket and checked those numbers against the winning ones, they’d be out of luck,” joked the lucky woman.
The grandmother of seven said she’ll use the prize to make her “later years a little sweeter” – she has already gifted her daughters with vacations of their choice, but she’s also thinking of revisiting the Dominican Republic with her husband.
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