Local store sells $1 million lottery ticket

Published 2:47 pm Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Sun Reporter

Someone in Winchester is a million dollars richer (before taxes) after having won the Kentucky Lottery’s second prize in the Mega Millions game.

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However, as of late Wednesday afternoon, no one had come forward to claim their prize.

The winning ticket for the Tuesday night drawing was sold by Murphy Express at 120 Codella Drive across from Walmart on the Bypass.

Donna Lykins, the operator of the convenience store, said she and the employees were excited. about the winning ticket

“It’s a big deal,” she said.

The Murphy store will receive $10,000 for selling the ticket.

According to Chip Polston, a spokesman for the Kentucky Lottery, said the winner matched all five white ball winning numbers, but not the red Mega Ball number.

The winning numbers from the drawing were 6-23-43-49-52, with a Mega Ball of 5.

If the player had matched the Mega Ball, they would have won the jackpot of approximately $257 million.

By winning the second prize of $1 million, the person will take home $710,000 after federal and state taxes.

Polston told the Sun he couldn’t say when the ticket is sold, although that is known right down to the second. It’s one of the security measures the lottery uses to prevent fraud.

The winner is advised to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a secure location. The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize at the lottery’s headquarters in Louisville.

“We’re looking forward to greeting Kentucky’s newest millionaire,” Kentucky Lottery President and CEO Mary Harville said in a statement.