June 25, 2012
$250,000 Mega Millions® Ticket Claimed
After being clipped to the refrigerator and then forgotten about for nearly three months, a young couple from Portsmouth finally checked their Mega Millions® ticket to discover that it was a $250,000 winner. They will be splitting the prize with the wife's mother and uncle, who live in Texas.
They bought the ticket for the March 30 record-breaking jackpot after talking to family members who suggested buying tickets together. The day following the drawing they heard there were three jackpot winning tickets, but none from Rhode Island, so they didn't rush to check theirs.
With this lottery win, the excited couple said they'll be able to afford to have another baby now. The family also has plans for a Florida vacation so they'll be able to hand deliver the other two checks and celebrate together.
The winning ticket matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball number, for a standard payout of $250,000. The winners did not opt in to purchase the Megaplier® for an extra dollar on the wager. If they had, the $250,000 prize would have automatically become a $1,000,000 prize no matter what Megaplier® number was drawn.
Colbea Enterprises at 207 East Main Rd., Middletown, sold the winning ticket.
Tomorrow's estimated Mega Millions® jackpot is $65 million.