The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, matched the Fantasy 5 numbers drawn Thursday – 04-14-29-30-31 – to win the jackpot. He bought his winning ticket at Worth’s Party Store, located at 4730 East Main Street in Millington.
“I usually play 04-14-28-30-31, but I accidentally picked 29 instead of 28,” said the player. “Rather than starting over with a new slip, I just decided to go ahead and play those numbers and I’m so glad I did.
“Winning the jackpot was all because of a simple mistake, but it’s definitely the best mistake I’ve ever made.”
The lucky player visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim the big prize. He plans to use the money to pay down his mortgage.
“I can’t tell you how it feels to win the jackpot. It’s a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” the player said.
Each Fantasy 5 play is only $1. For an additional $1 per play, EZmatch may be added to a Fantasy 5 ticket, giving players a chance to win up to $500 instantly. Fantasy 5 players select five numbers from one to 39. Players who match all five Fantasy 5 numbers drawn win a jackpot that starts at $100,000. Fantasy 5 drawings are held seven days a week at 7:29 p.m. Tonight’s Fantasy 5 jackpot is $181,000.