FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 7, 2011

Beginner’s luck lands Muncie Man $40,000 Mega Millions prize

FeltonINDIANAPOLIS – General Motors retiree Bennie Felton claimed a $40,000 Mega Millions® with Megaplier® prize at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters today.  The lucky Muncie resident won on the first Mega Millions ticket he ever purchased.  The quick pick ticket he purchased at Murphy USA at 1421 East 29th Street in Muncie matched four of the first five numbers and the Megaball® in Tuesday’s $380 million drawing.

“I’m excited as heck,” said Felton. “I’m starting the new year off right!”

Call it beginners luck. Felton said he had a craving for a Snickers Tuesday afternoon, so he stopped to get one.  As he paid for his candy bar, he remembered hearing about a huge Mega Millions jackpot. 

“I never played it before,” said Felton.  “I figured I had as good a chance as anybody.”

Not only did Felton take a chance on the game, he also opted to add the Megaplier for an extra buck.  That wise decision turned what would have been a $10,000 prize into a $40,000 windfall. 

“It’s the best two dollars I ever spent!” said Felton.

Felton is one of three Hoosiers to win big in Tuesday night’s $380 million Mega Millions drawing.  Another ticket sold by Fort Harrison Mart at 1301 W. Fort Harrison in Terre Haute is also worth $40,000 in the January 4 Mega Millions drawing.  The Hen at 524 North Main Street in Crown Point sold a Mega Millions with Megaplier ticket that matched the first five numbers, but not the Megaball® and is worth $1 million in the same drawing.  Those two tickets are still unclaimed.  In all, there were 64,000 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Indiana for Tuesday’s drawing. The holders of all tickets are encouraged to sign the back immediately.

The winning numbers in the January 4, 2011 drawing were: 4-8-15-25-47 MB: 42. The Megaplier was 4. 

 

As with all Hoosier Lottery games, the net income generated from Indiana sales of Mega Millions is turned over to the State. Last year, the Hoosier Lottery transferred $190 million to the State where it was allocated to teachers, police and firefighters retirement funds as well as the Build Indiana Fund which ultimately reduces Hoosier’s license plate costs.

 

Players have 180 days to claim prizes on Hoosier Lottery draw games. The Hoosier Lottery reminds players to always play responsibly.

 

For more information, please contact Megan Wright at mwright@hoosierlottery.com or 317-264-4805.

 

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