Minnesota Player Misses Mega Millions Jackpot by One Number; Still Takes Home $250,000

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Rick Ferraro of Plymouth, Minnesota, says he enjoys playing for the bigger jackpots.

Bet he enjoys it even more now that he’s won one.

When he noticed that the Mega Millions jackpot was worth a whopping $266 million for the May 4 drawing, he knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to purchase some tickets.

He ended up buying three $5 quick-pick tickets at three different Lottery retailers, hoping to get the lucky one.

While he didn’t hit the jackpot, Ferraro certainly isn’t complaining. The fourth line of the first $5 ticket he purchased matched the first five numbers drawn (9-21-31-36-43 and the Megaball was 8) on May 4 to win $250,000!

It’s always something I’ve dreamt about, but never actually thought would happen, Ferraro said when he claimed the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Roseville, Minnesota on May 5.

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