(STL.News) – A Missouri Lottery player has claimed a $50 million jackpot prize from the March 12 Mega Millions drawing. Hira Singh of Shawnee, Kansas, bought the winning ticket at QuikTrip, 6641 E. Truman Road in Kansas City, and matched all six numbers drawn – 10, 12, 16, 49 and 57 with a Mega Ball of 18.
“That’s where I get gas,” Singh said, sharing that he often fuels up his vehicle and buys Lottery tickets at this QuikTrip location as he travels back and forth to work.
He also purchases Mega Millions tickets on the other side of the state line in Kansas, but it was the Missouri Lottery ticket that proved to be the biggest winner – something Singh didn’t realize for several days following the Tuesday drawing.
On Saturday, he used a Check-A-Ticket machine at retail to check his Missouri tickets.
“I prayed upon my God and then scanned it,” he laughed. “Then I checked it like three more times!”
Singh claimed his prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City just days later, “still surprised” by the win on his Quick Pick ticket and thinking about how to best use the prize money.
“It’s so much fun to see our players win,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “Mr. Singh is our 515th Missouri-Lottery made millionaire, and because this Mega Millions win happened in Missouri, the state will collect approximately $1.2 million in state income tax on his lump-sum prize.”
The win is also good news for the retailer. QuikTrip will receive a $50,000 bonus check as a result of selling the jackpot ticket.
Singh’s win marks the second Mega Millions jackpot ticket sold in Missouri since sales for the game began in 2010. The first ticket was purchased by a Noel resident in July of 2015.