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It may not have been Mega Millions, but someone n the Simpsonville area has picked up a million dollars from the Kentucky Lottery.
An unidentified person picked the five numbers of the Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday, and even though that person missed the Megaball, the $1 Megaplier pushed the $250,000 prize to $1 million.
The winning numbers were 4-10-16-38-48 and the Megaball was 34. The Mega Millions game has drawings on Tuesday and Friday.
"The person has expressed a wish to remain anonymous, but they did come forward Wednesday," said Jennifer Cunningham, a spokesperson for the Kentucky Lottery.
The ticket was sold at J's Gas & Food Mart, just south of I-64 on Buck Creek Road.
"They told us it was sold on Thursday at 6:06 p.m., but the winner wants to stay anonymous," said store manager Ramona Goodman. "We've been sitting around trying to think who it was, but we don't know. They did say it was someone local, though."
Goodman said her night shift worker, Whitney Crask, can't remember who might have picked up the lucky ducat.
"I'm just glad it finally went to somebody local," she said.
Goodman said the store has seen a little pickup in sales since the information of the winner went public.
"We've sold quite a few Powerball and Mega Millions tickets since it all came out," she said. "That's what we want, though, to be the lucky place."
The store has had its fair share of winners, she said, but nothing like this.
"We do real good on the scratch-offs. We probably paid out close to six thousand dollars last month," she said. "We had a regular hit a Pick 4 ticket worth twenty-six hundred not long ago."
The store will pick up $10,000 for selling the wining ticket.
"I'm not sure what's going to happen to that," she said. "The owner has been out of town and just got back today, so he hasn't really had time to think about it."
She mentioned that one worker suggested splitting it between the employees.
"I don't know," she said. "But I do think the person that sold it should get some of it."
Cunningham said this was only the second $1 million winner in Kentucky, which can only be hit by winning second place and having Megaplier, which multiplies he winner’s total.
"And the other million-dollar prize was sold on Jan. 4, 2011, in Georgetown," she said. "We have had, including this one, seventeen second-place winners."
According to the Mega Millions Web site, there were three second-place winners, which matched five numbers, two in California and the Simpsonville winner. There were also 15 people who hit four numbers and the Megaball, winning $10,000, but no one won the jackpot, which is now worth $42 million.
The Kentucky Lottery's Web site said Shelby County had about $7.3 million of the state's $771.2 million in lottery sales in 2011.