Mega Millions

If you heard shrieks of excitement and peals of laughter recently, it might be that your neighbor hit the jackpot.

A married couple in Glendale will cash out close to a quarter of a billion dollars from the Arizona Lottery.

The $410 million winning ticket was sold at a Circle K at 20203 N. 67th Avenue.

The couple chose the lump-sum cash option for their jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket.

The cash option is worth $320 million, less approximately $77 million in federal taxes and $15 million to the state of Arizona, for an estimated after-tax payout of $228 million.

“The couple is choosing to remain permanently anonymous, under a state law enacted last year,” said an Arizona Lottery release.

The multidraw ticket, sold May 27, matched all six numbers in the Tuesday, June 9, Mega Millions drawing, winning the 11th largest jackpot in the game’s history and the largest single payout.

The Circle K store hit it big as well, with a $50,000 sales incentive from the Arizona Lottery for selling the winning ticket. The store said it will donate the one to United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.

“We are so excited to see this couple claim our first-ever Mega Millions jackpot,” said Gregg Edgar, Arizona Lottery executive director. “The Arizona Lottery is all about doing more good in our state and making dreams come true for our players. I’m sure this amazing prize will go a long way toward helping make this couple’s dreams a reality.”

The couple did share a few details. They have been playing the lottery regularly for the past 38 years. They chose their own numbers, based on family birthdays. 

“My birthday is next month and my left hand had been itching for two weeks, which meant money was coming my way,” said the  woman. “I also found a shiny new heads-up penny just before I bought our tickets, so I just knew I’d be lucky.”

She said when she checked her numbers and saw that she had won, she began yelling, “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!”

She ran through the house to tell her husband, who had a hard time believing they won.

“It’s an amazing feeling, and this is proof that you can’t win if you don’t play,” he said. “I feel lighter now, and it’s incredible to know that there will never be another bill that I can’t pay.”

The couple plans to pay off their mortgage, set aside enough money to provide for their children and grandchildren, invest and enjoy the rest.