LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Press release) -- The timing couldn’t have been better for Troy Turner of Louisville to win $250,000 on the Mega Millions drawing on May 4. He matched the first five white ball numbers a to win the game’s second prize.
“I just bought a new house and was set to sign the loan papers. I called my realtor and told her she could tear them up, that I wouldn’t be needing them,” Turner told lottery officials yesterday afternoon while claiming his ticket.
The morning after the drawing, Turner checked his ticket at the store using the self ticket checker and thought something was wrong with the machine.
“When it said $250,000, I scanned it five times before finally leaving,” Turner said.
Next, he went to his sister’s house to pull the numbers up on the computer. His nine year old son called out the numbers as he looked at his ticket. “I still couldn’t believe it. My son asked, ‘Are we going to Hawaii?’”
After taxes, Turner received a check for $172,500.
Turner bought his winning ticket at the Five Star Food Mart on Hillview Blvd. in Louisville. The store will receive a bonus of $2,500 for selling the winning ticket.