KETTERING — They may have missed out on the big prize, but someone in Kettering still had plenty of luck on their side for Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing.
Bee Gee’s Minit Market in Kettering sold its first $1 million ticket in the historic Mega Millions drawing, according to an Ohio Lottery spokesperson.
“I got a phone call this morning just after 7,” said Michael Sliger, manager at Bee Gee’s. “It turns out, we had a million dollar winner here in Kettering.”
Though it was the store’s first million dollar Mega Millions winner, Bee Gee’s has sold other winning tickets for even bigger jackpots.
“Actually, we had a $8 million winner at this location in Classic Lotto,” Sliger said. “We’ve had a couple different million dollar winners and hundred thousand dollar winners multiple times.”
Bee Gee’s will receive a $1,000 sales bonus for selling the million dollar ticket and Sliger already has plans for that money.
“Celebrating a little bit,” he said. “Passing on some to the employees. Everybody has been working really hard.”
The mini market is the top cashier of Mega Millions prizes and top-selling Mega Millions retailer in its region, according to Ohio Lottery.
In the last fiscal year, Bee Gee’s reportedly sold $21,350 in Mega Millions prizes and $220,010 in tickets.
News Center 7 was reporting live throughout the day Tuesday at the store as tickets were being sold.
Twelve other million-dollar tickets were sold among the U.S. lotteries, with Ohio selling one ticket that came close.
The winning tickets matched all five numbers without the Mega Ball, securing the $1 million prize. The Ohio winner used auto pick to choose the winning numbers.
Ohioans have won 19 jackpot prizes and secured more than 30 winning tickets of $1 million or more.
Last night’s winning numbers: 5-28-62-65-70 and Mega ball 5.
One winning $1.6 billion ticket was sold in South Carolina.