MADISONVILLE, KY (WFIE) - It’s lottery fever! The Mega Millions jackpot sits at $900 million dollars!
No one won the prize, but on Monday night, a Tri-Stater came close! 65-year-old Ronnie Parker, from Dawson Springs, matched all the white ball winning numbers, but fell short of the mega ball.
He bought the ticket worth $1 million dollars in Madisonville.
For Sommer Owen, the store manager of Madisonville’s Wicks Well Market and Deli, serving up the lunch specials are just one of her responsibilities, and so are selling lottery tickets. Owen was working Saturday morning when a man, who she describes as a familiar face, came in with cash.
“I just clocked in. The guy was waiting on the counter, so I came to the lottery machine, sold him his ticket and he left,” Owen recalled.
It would be Tuesday morning, three days later, when that man, 65-year-old Ronnie Parker came back.
“When he actually came in this morning, I wasn’t up here. I was in the back, but I came up here and he was really excited,” Owen said.
Owen had sold the Parker a winning ticket.
“He was like ‘if you’re looking for the guy who won the million dollars, here I am,” Owen smiled.
Parker told lottery officials he doesn’t have immediate plans for his winnings, but says he lives paycheck to paycheck and the money would really help.
Back in the store, business continues as usual. Owen added she’s not anticipating any of the riches.
“That’d be nice, you know. I’m not expecting it but I’m really happy for him regardless,” Owen stated.
Parker also says he’s tickled to death.
Wicks Well Market and Deli will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Parker is officially retired but helps his son-in-law with his towing service.
The winning numbers were: 3-45-49-61-69 with a Mega Ball of 9.
The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to an estimated $900 million.