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$4 million surprise for New Mexico winner

Timothy Monte

Drawing Date: 12/14/2018

December 18, 2018 - Timothy Monte of Tohajiilee, N.M., was very calm at New Mexico Lottery Headquarters this morning when he turned in his ticket and said, “I’m here to claim this.” He initially thought his ticket was a $40,000 winner. He was off by a few dollars. His ticket was worth $4 million.

Mr. Monte only plays Mega Millions. He plays his own selection of the same numbers every time and always purchases Megaplier. He purchased his ticket at Giant Station #25 at 2930 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque for the December 14th draw.

Normally, a player who matches all five white ball numbers wins $1 million. However, Mr. Monte purchased Megaplier for an additional dollar, which multiplied his non-jackpot prizes by the Megaplier number drawn. In this instance, it quadrupled the prize! Mr. Monte’s ticket matched the white ball numbers: 05, 22, 26, 43, and 49.

Mr. Monte plans to help his family with his winnings.