City man claims $4 million prize

January 15, 2019

A retired Fort Wayne man has won $4 million in the Dec. 14 Mega Millions drawing, the Hoosier Lottery said Monday.

The man, who was not identified, bought his winning ticket at Kroger, 1125 W. State Blvd. He came forward this month to claim the prize at lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

He matched five numbers, but not the Megaball, which is usually a 4 million.

In a statement, the lottery said that when the man occasionally plays Mega Millions, he puts numbered poker chips into a plastic popcorn container, shakes it up and pulls out five numbers. Then he closes it, shakes it again and pulls out one more number for the Megaball, the statement said.

That’s the process he used to pick the winning numbers, the lottery said.

He called the lottery’s customer service line for the winning numbers, then used a newspaper the next morning to double-check that he’d won.

After paying taxes and keeping some of the prize money, the man plans to give his adult children most of the winnings, the lottery said.

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