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Group Of Coworkers Win Big Playing Mega Millions®

Group Claims Prize from Sept. 14 Mega Millions Drawing

Ryan Appleton Melton and Laura Cameron   Hear Ryan and Laura tell their story.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The purchaser of tickets for a group of coworkers claimed a $10,000 prize for the group from the Sept. 14 Mega Millions drawing.

Ryan Appleton Melton of Ames said he buys the lotto tickets for the group of 11 coworkers at Nationwide Insurance Service Support Team in Des Moines.

"I was actually in a drought," Melton said. "I hadn't won anything for a while and they were giving me a hard time about it. I think I'm off the hook for a while."

Melton checked the group's ticket using one of the lottery's self-checkers located in retail stores. He immediately called another group member, Laura Cameron of Des Moines, to tell her the news.

"Two seconds after I put it in that self-scanner I called her," Melton said. "Then over the course of the weekend I called everyone else."

Melton said he plans to use his portion of the winnings for bills, as does Cameron.

"I think that's what everyone's planning to do," Cameron said. "I didn't believe [Melton] when he called. I told him he was full of it."

Melton and Cameron both said they didn't think a big win would ever happen to their group.

"I just think of it as something I do as part of the participation in the team every week," Cameron said. "It builds morale and is something fun to do together."

Melton and Cameron claimed the prize on behalf of the group Sept. 18 at the Iowa Lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. Melton purchased the winning ticket at Kum & Go, 4506 Lincoln Way in Ames.

The winning numbers in the Sept. 14 $12 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing were: 16-17-21-40-51 and Mega Ball 20. The Megaplier® number that night was 4.

The group matched four white balls and the Mega Ball to win a $10,000 prize. Had they added the Megaplier to their ticket, they would have multiplied their win to $40,000.

There was no jackpot winner in the Sept. 14 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 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.

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