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Virginia man remembers to check his tickets

Paul Pegelow

Drawing Date: 6/23/2020

August 26, 2020 - Paul Pegelow likes to visit the area around Floyd, Va. He just happened to be driving back to his home in Fredericksburg when he stopped at the Food Lion in Floyd and bought some Mega Millions tickets for the June 23 drawing. Then he tucked the tickets away and forgot about them.

Weeks later, he happened to be at the same store and remembered the tickets. He asked the clerk to check to see if he’d won anything.

“She just kept staring at me and staring at the ticket,” he later told Virginia Lottery officials. “She said I had to take the ticket to the Lottery office.”

Turns out, it was worth $1 million. He’d matched the first five winning numbers. The only number he missed was the Mega Ball number. If he’d matched all six numbers, he would have won a jackpot estimated at $35 million.

The winning numbers were 6-20-37-40-48, and the Mega Ball number was 15. He used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. The store receives a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Pegelow, who is an auctioneer, said he hopes to use his winnings to put his children through college and to save towards retirement.