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Disney or Hawaii? $4 million Mega Millions winner can’t decide

Margaret Clark

Drawing Date: 11/4/2014

December 12, 2014 - Margaret Clark, 46, of Coram, N.Y., was grocery shopping at the King Kullen on Route 25 in Selden when she passed by a New York Lottery self-service machine. The accounting professional who “rarely plays the Lottery” said she saw the jackpot for the November 4 Mega Millions drawing was $326,000,000 and decided to try her luck. Not knowing how the game worked, Clark unintentionally purchased the game’s optional Megaplier feature that multiplies the value of any lower tier Mega Millions prize up to five times its value.

Clark said she checked her numbers in the newspaper soon after the drawing and saw that five of her numbers matched, making her a $1,000,000 second prize winner. Her unintended Megaplier purchase boosted her prize to $4,000,000.

The winning numbers for the November 4 Mega Millions drawing were 9 15 24 39 41 and Mega Ball (1).

Like all Mega Millions second prize winners, Clark will receive her prize in a single payment. Her net check will total $2,647,200. Clark said she plans to continue working and will use her winnings to take a vacation next year with her husband to celebrate the couple’s 15 year wedding anniversary. While plans for the trip are certain, Clark said the pair’s destination remains up in the air. “We’re still debating whether to go to Disney or Hawaii,” she laughed.