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Relief from the snow in Virginia

Louise Ritenour

Drawing Date: 1/26/2016

January 27, 2016 – Louise Ritenour had been stuck indoors for a few days because of the blizzard, and she needed to get some groceries. The weather had cleared up by Tuesday, January 26, so she was able to get to the grocery store.  On the way home, the Winchester, Va., woman stopped at Bo’s Belly Barn, 1217 Berryville Avenue in Winchester, to buy a ticket for that night’s Mega Millions drawing.

That ticket just happened to win a million dollars.

She matched the first five numbers to win the game’s $1 million second prize.  The winning numbers were 14-27-39-50-69 and the Mega Ball number was 2. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. Had she matched that final number, she would have won a jackpot estimated at $48 million. She used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on her ticket

Her ticket was one of just two nationwide to win the $1 million prize. No ticket won the jackpot in that drawing. The store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.

“It feels wonderful, if it ever sinks in,” she said. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Ms. Ritenour, who is retired, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings, although there may be a new car in her future.