People usually get pretty shaken up after realizing they’ve scooped a major lottery prize, but not Marco Handy. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty described him as “one of the calmest winners they’ve ever had” after the lucky Stanardsville resident collected his $1.000.000 prize. How would you react if you’ve found out you netted $203.000.000? Play Mega Millions and that’s exactly what could happen!
Mr. Handy was grocery shopping when he picked up a Bank a Million ticket that matched all the winning numbers on May 14th. A few days later, he was shopping at the same store and decided to check his ticket, only to discover it matched all the winning numbers.
“I went and bought my groceries, toodled around, and got my stuff. And I went to check my tickets, and the machine said results need validation, and I was like, ‘Oh something’s wrong,’” recalled the self-described stay-at-home dad.
When he went to the customer service counter, they’ve told him his ticket had won more than $600, meaning he will have to take a trip to Richmond or Harrisonburg in order to claim it. The store manager went online to check Handy’s numbers and informed him that he’d won $1.000.000. The lucky man immediately went home, put the groceries away, sat his wife down and put the lottery ticket with the matching numbers in front of her.
“We picked the kids up from school and then we headed to the Harrisonburg office. Even then, it didn’t set in that I had won. I filled out paperwork, but that was it,” explained the winner, who plans to take his four children to Disney World and make sure their college education is paid for.
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