What do you do when it's raining? Stay indoors, watch a movie, grab a cup of hot chocolate? On a rainy day in November 2014, Harold Diamond decided to do none of those things. Instead he bought a Mega Millions lottery ticket - and it was a decision that ended up being worth an unbelievable $130 million in cash!
Last year on 4 November, Harold Diamond of New York, USA, made headlines for two reasons - firstly for being the winner of a colossal $326 million, the biggest prize in New York Lottery history, and secondly for doing so at 80 years of age. And it all began with a mere $10 and a rainy day.
On the road with his wife in the middle of a storm, retired principal Diamond was persuaded to stop at a nearby highway service station to wait out the bad weather. While he and his wife, Carol, were eating lunch, he spotted a nearby Mega Millions sign, and on the spur of the moment decided to play $10 on 10 Quick Pick numbers. He then put the lottery ticket in his wallet, and thought nothing of it.
At a golf game the next day, however, Harold was reminded of his ticket by a fortuitous conversation. "I went to play golf the next day and the guys in the clubhouse were talking about the jackpot-winning ticket someone bought at a Valero on Route 302, and I thought, wait a minute? I bought a ticket there last night!"
Harold rushed home to check his ticket, and sure enough, there they were in black and white - the winning numbers! "I was in a dither, a real daze," says Harold of his staggering win - which was presented to him on 12 January amid great fanfare and celebration.
Rather than take his winnings as an annuitized prize, Harold chose to instead receive the cash value, which, after taxes, works out to approximately $130 million - a life-changing sum at any age! Harold plans on using his new-found riches to take his wife Carol to Hawaii, to help his family and to give back to the local community.
Last year the US Mega Millions jackpot was lucky for Harold Diamond - and this year it could be lucky for you too! That's because on Friday the jackpot stands at an estimated $270 million for US players, £177 million for UK players, or €229 million for European players - a massive amount in any currency. And to win it, all you have to do is buy a lottery ticket online from GiantLottos.com, and pick six lucky numbers. Two minutes' work for a reward that could change your life forever!
So don't waste time - the draw's on Friday, and that mammoth jackpot could have your name on it! One winner took home the jackpot in November last year, and one winner could be taking it home in January this year. Make sure that winner is you - buy your lottery ticket online from GiantLottos.com today and make 2015 your most rewarding year yet with Mega Millions!