Michael DeBrock Claims Prize from March 30 Mega Millions Drawing
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DES MOINES, Iowa - A Calhoun, Ga. truck driver was making a stop in Shelby when he decided to stop and buy a Mega Millions ticket for the world-record jackpot drawing on March 30.
What Michael DeBrock didn't realize until late that night was he had won a $10,000 prize in the drawing.
"I saw that the Mega Ball number was 23 and I thought, 'I think I've got a 23 in there,'" DeBrock said. "My wife read me the numbers and I said, 'I've got four of the numbers and the Mega Ball number!'"
DeBrock's wife, Teresa, was able to share in the exciting news with him.
"She said she believed it, because I was stumbling and stuttering my words," DeBrock said with a laugh. "She said she couldn't sleep."
DeBrock, 47, said no one in the family got any sleep the night of the drawing. DeBrock claimed his prize April 5 at the Iowa Lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.
DeBrock said his 16-year-old daughter is making plans for the money, and he plans to help show her how to use it wisely.
"I might give her some money toward something so she realizes the value of the dollar," DeBrock said.
DeBrock said he likes to play different lotto games when he has a few extra dollars.
"I like to try my luck out here and there," he said.
DeBrock purchased his winning ticket at Taylor Quik-Pic, 11 East St. in Shelby. He said it was definitely worth the road trip.
The winning numbers in the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions drawing on March 30 were 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23. The Megaplier® number that night was 3. DeBrock's ticket matched the four white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Had he added the Megaplier option to his ticket, DeBrock would have multiplied his $10,000 win by three to claim a $30,000 prize.
Three tickets, one from Maryland, Illinois and Kansas, each split the jumbo jackpot on March 30. Iowa Lottery players won more than 108,000 prizes in the drawing.
Players can multiply their prizes (except the jackpot) with the Megaplier up to four times. The cost is $1 per play.
Winning numbers may be checked at the lottery website at www.ialottery.com or through the winning numbers' hot line at (515) 323-4633. Winning numbers may also be checked with lottery retail outlets or by calling the lottery at (515) 725-7900 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.