Virginia lottery player shocked after finding winning Mega Millions ticket in nightstand

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A Virginia woman became a millionaire after she recently discovered a weeks-old lottery ticket sitting inside her nightstand.

Portsmouth resident Melena Hill purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket ahead of the Jan. 9 drawing at the Murphy USA gas station in Suffolk, according to a press release from the Virginia Lottery. The winning numbers were 12-15-32-33-53, with the sixth Mega Ball number being 24.

Hill used numbers that were randomly selected by the computer that she purchased the ticket on, according to the press release.

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While she didn’t hit the Mega Ball number, Hill did spend an extra dollar on her ticket that ended up going very far, lottery officials explained.

“That would normally win a $1 million prize,” the press release said. “However, she spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier when she bought the ticket.”

“That extra buck tripled her prize to $3 million.”

Hill told lottery officials that she was in extreme shock after she found out that her five-week-old lottery ticket was worth millions.

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“My stomach had butterflies. I screamed a little bit!” she said.

Virginia Lottery officials said that the chances of matching the first five numbers in a Mega Millions drawing are 1 in 12,607,306.

Had Hill selected the winning Mega Ball number, she would have beat odds of 1 in 302,575,350.

Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets are displayed on January 3, 2018 in San Anselmo, California.

Lottery officials explained that the state of Virginia uses lottery profits to fund Old Dominion’s education system.

“All Virginia Lottery profits go to K-12 education in Virginia. Ms. Hill lives in Portsmouth, which received more than $16.4 million in Lottery funds for K-12 education last fiscal year,” Virginia Lottery’s website states. “In Fiscal Year 2023, the Lottery raised more than $867 million for K-12 education, making up approximately 10 percent of Virginia’s total K-12 school budget.”

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