A Quad Cities man has claimed a $1 million Mega Millions prize from a ticket bought last month.
60-year-old Danny Lovett of East Moline, Ill. bought the ticket when he stopped for coffee and a snack at a Kum & Go in Colfax.
“It just happened to be the right one, I guess,” Lovett said. “So, it worked out for me.”
As a truck driver, Lovett’s route goes from Davenport to Des Moines. Lovett said that the Kum & Go store at 1200 N. Walnut St. in Colfax is a regular stop for him during his drive.
The Iowa Lottery says Lovett won the January 15 Mega Millions prize, but didn’t check his ticket until a few days later. Lovett said he waited until the weather improved a bit to head to the lottery to claim his prize.
“You count and you count and you look and it’s like, ‘There’s no way!’” Lovett said. “Then you wake people up out of bed so they can see, too. It’s a great thing.”
Lovett said he plans to use his winnings to buy a house, put a big chunk away for retirement, help his family and buy a car he’s wanted for decades: a 1972 Ford Mustang fastback.
“I’m going to get right on the internet when I leave here,” he said. “It’s just a car I’ve always wanted since I was a kid and never could have one. Now I can have one!”
Lovett’s ticket was one of two in the country to win a $1 million prize in the January 15 Mega Millions drawing. The other was purchased in California.
Lovett came within one number of having at least a share of that night’s $55 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Mega Ball. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize continued to climb.
That night’s winning numbers were: 29-52-58-60-62 and Mega Ball 7. The Megaplier number was 2.
Kum & Go received a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket at one of its stores. George Dickerson of Colfax claimed a $1 million Powerball prize in January 2018 with a ticket he bought at that same Kum & Go store.