As if being in Florida this time of year isn't good enough, a Michigan man will be $1 million dollars richer when he returns home.
Gary Shepherd of Owosso decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket while vacationing in Pensacola earlier this week. He matched all five numbers, which were 11-19-24-33-51, but did not match the Mega Ball, which was 7.
He could've been an even bigger winner. The 62-year-old says he always plays the same five numbers and interchanges the Mega Ball between 12 and 7, which are numbers in his birthday. However, for this particular drawing, he chose 12. Had he chose 7 instead, he would've been a winner of the $414 million jackpot.
Another person in Florida also won a $1 million dollar prize. The state also had its first-ever jackpot winner, who will split the $414 million with a winner in Maryland.
The next Mega Millions drawing is set for tonight, Friday March 21, with an estimated $15 million jackpot.
Picture Courtesy: Florida Lottery
Gary Shepherd poses with his wife after claiming a $1 million prize at the Lottery’s Pensacola District Office.