Imagine starting 2015 like Virginia lottery player Sandra McDonald, who won a million bucks playing Mega Millions.
The Woodbridge, Va. woman matched the first five numbers in the December 30 Mega Millions drawing. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.
I saw the winning numbers on the news, and I thought, “I don’t remember having those numbers,’ she said.
But later in the night, when she couldn’t sleep, she checked the numbers online and discovered she’d won big.
I don’t believe this! was her reaction.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 3-7-44-63-67 and the Mega Ball number was 12. Had she matched all six numbers, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $172 million. Her ticket was one of just two nationwide to win the $1 million prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing.
McDonald, who is retired, said she plans to invest her winnings and also pay off debt.