Every lottery win has a unique story behind it. For this Mega Millions lottery win, there was some very “weird stuff going on” the day before the draw, as well as on the day the draw took place. On the 22nd of August 2014, this Mega Millions player’s life changed, and nobody is more superstitious than how this player was.
The Mega Millions winner who had his life changed was 53-year-old Rick Knudsen. More recently, he is now retired from being an RWC Building Products Branch Manager from Calimesa.
What prompted Rick to buy Mega
Rick’s story is really unbelievable. A series of very strange coincidences happened to Rick when it came to his purchases which all lead up to his decision to buy five Mega Millions quick pick tickets. Rick had a premonition that he would win a fortune and that premonition happened the day before the draw, in a convenience store.
“I bought something and it was six dollars even. No change. And then later that morning, I bought something somewhere else and it cost nine dollars. Five different places that day I didn’t pay any change. The totals were all even amounts. I’m a numbers freak and that all means something in my head. So I said, ‘I gotta stop somewhere and buy a lottery ticket.’ So there I was, on my way home, and I bought the Mega Millions quick pick for $10,” explained Rick.
The very next morning after the draw had happened, Rick recalled the following, “I bought something else and it came out to even money again! It was kind of weird. But I’d already gotten my Mega Millions ticket, so I wasn’t really thinking about (the weird string of payment occurrences) anymore.”
Later that evening, he met his family at a time share in Indio. Now this is where things get a little bit spooky. If you get chills, then rest assured that you aren’t the only one! “I went with my wife down to the cantina to buy a few things for the room,” explained Rick. And can you guess what? The total came to an even number again! “It came to $24 – EVEN!” exclaimed Rick.
Every single item that Rick bought over the two-day period totalled eleven dollars with absolutely no change involved!
“I was like, man this is it! The seventh time that I bought something in two days in two different cities and countries! The clerk at the cantina said that I should buy a lottery ticket because of these strange coincidences, so I did!” said Rick.
The icing on Rick’s cake only came late on Friday evening, though, on the 22nd of August. Rick had no idea that his winning Mega
“Everywhere I played I won! I played on seven different machines (ironically lucky seven – the same number of even-money purchases I had made) and I won on every single one of them. I said to myself, ‘I’m getting out of here!’” said Rick.
The morning after all that transpired, his sister phoned him. She told him that someone from Calimesa won the $180 million Mega Millions jackpot. She asked him if he bought one. Rick told her that he did. When she specified which store the ticket was bought from, he said, ‘Oh my God.’ The store where the win had taken place was the Calimesa 7-Eleven, the same store he bought his ticket from. He then checked his numbers three times against the winning numbers if the jackpot, and he nearly fainted!
“My family and I were yelling and hugging. We drove home. It took 45 minutes but it sure did feel like an entire day – felt like we were driving in the river!” joked Rick.
Rick’s first line matched the winning number 5-31-43-41-74 and the Mega number 3. The 7-Eleven store that sold his lucky ticket will be getting a $900,000 bonus. After 35 years in the roofing business, Rick immediately quit his job. He has plans to go on an Alaskan fishing trip with some co-workers and friends, even his boss!
“It was bittersweet. When you like your job – I’d been working there since I was 19,” said Rick with tears in his eyes. Rick decided to take the lump sum option which amounted to $107 million before taxes. He says that he has plans to help his church build a new roof and then enjoy life with his five kids and three grandkids.
“A friend of mine told me he heard the odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot, and they are the same as being eaten by a shark and being struck by lightning at the same time! I just had the feeling. I only play when I feel lucky,” said Rick.
Well, do you feel lucky?
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