A Jackson County, Ky. man has claimed a $250,000 Mega Millions lottery ticket that was sold in Verona.
Daniel Brown, 45, of Kings Mountain was one number shy of winning the $312 million Mega Millions.
Brown, a truck driver, was making a delivery on Saturday morning when he checked his Mega Millions ticket.
"I saw the 22, 24, 52 and 54 so I figured matching four of five numbers would win something," Brown told lottery officials.
Brown looked at his ticket again realizing he had overlooked number 31 which he'd also matched. Without saying anything to anyone he left and went on to his next stop.
Brown purchased the ticket at Clyde's Carry Out in Verona. The retailer will receive $2,500 for the winning ticket.
Brown called his wife Rosemary and woke her up. "All he kept saying was, 'I don't know what to do. I hit it.'" Rosemary said, "Hit what? I thought he'd been in an accident," Rosemary told lottery officials. Brown told her, "I hit the lottery."
Brown and his wife have seven children and had decided they would wait and tell them together on Sunday when Brown got home. "It was the longest drive ever," Brown said, after getting stuck in traffic on his way home from work.
Since two of the children don't live at home they called a family meeting which initially caused some alarm. Rosemary was able to hold everyone off until Brown arrived home. "I started to tell them I'd won 250 and they said "dollars" with excitement. I said no, $250,000!" Brown said. "Everyone was so excited," he said.
After taxes, he received a check for $172,500. The family plans to put some of the winnings towards their farm and pay off bills.
Another $250,000 ticket was sold in Louisville. The winner of that ticket chose to remain anonymous.
A ticket worth an estimated $312 million was sold in New York.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $12 million with a cash option amount of $7.6 million.