They live in Arkansas, but now could afford to move to Beverly Hills. A couple from Sheridan, Arkansas just claimed a $3 million Mega Millions prize on Monday afternoon.
Timothy Burdess and his girlfriend, Christina Vandiver, say they didn’t realize until Sunday night that they had the winning ticket. If fact, the couple had the only winning ticket in the entire United States that had all five numbers with the multiplier, according to Arkansas Lottery Campaign Coordinator Kara Lee Ford.
“I was broke, going through my change looking for enough quarters to buy some snuff at the Valero station,” Burdess said. “While I was there, I scanned my ticket and discovered it was a big winner.”
Timothy Burdess was sick on Friday, so he asked Vandiver to buy the Powerball ticket on her way home from work. She says that she wasn’t sure whether she was supposed to buy the Powerball or a Mega Millions, so she bought one for each game. That confusion paid off big time.
The couple both have 12-year-old autistic boys. They met each other when the boys were in the same class. The couple plans to use the money for trust funds for the boys and to buy a house, Ford said in a press release.
The lucky couple had all five white ball numbers (4, 24, 46, 61 and 70), and only lacked having the Megaball number of 7 or they would have won the $548 million jackpot.
Fifteen other winning Mega Millions tickets worth more than $500 each, including one for $30,000, were sold in Arkansas for Friday’s drawing totaling $44,220.
Since 2009, the Arkansas Lottery has provided more than $781 million for more than 302,000 college scholarships, more than $2.7 billion in prizes to players, about $230 million in retailer commissions and more than $117 million state and federal tax revenue, Ford said.
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