A Saint Clair County man was numb after winning $1 million playing Mega Millions.
James Decker, of Harsens Island, matched the five white balls drawn – 05-39-54-63-66 – in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought the winning ticket at the Anchor Bay Market, located at 7205 Dyke Road in Algonac.
“I checked my ticket on Saturday morning, and thought: ‘No, this can’t be real,’” said the 81-year-old Decker. “I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t think it was real. It wasn’t until I started researching online where the $1 million winning ticket was bought that I started to believe I was the winner.”
Decker has been buying his Lottery tickets at the Anchor Bay Market for years and has built a friendship with the store’s owner.
“I’ve always told him that if I win the jackpot, I’d put his kids through college,” said Decker. “When I walked into the store yesterday, he had a big smile on his face and said: ‘It’s you, isn’t it?’ I told him that I couldn’t put his kids through college, but that I’d give him a nice bonus after I claimed the big prize.”
Decker visited Lottery headquarters on Wednesday to claim his $1 million.
“I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all of the money,” said Decker. “I’ve honestly been trying not to think about winning because it’s so overwhelming.”
Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, players have the opportunity to add a “Megaplier” that can multiply non-jackpot prizes by up to five times. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 44 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tickets for Mega Millions drawings may be purchased at the Lottery’s 11,000 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.