A Florida couple said they did not know that they were winners of half of the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, until they saw the winning numbers on the news, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Florida Lottery officials announced that Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier, both 35 years of age, have come forward to claim their prize from the March 18 Mega Millions drawing. The winners purchased their ticket at a Publix grocery store on Merritt Island. A $100,000 bonus commission was awarded to the retailer.
Collier said that when she and Moyer saw the Mega Millions numbers on the news, she “paused the TV” and checked the tickets to see if the two were, indeed, winners.
“And when I realized they all matched, I jumped off the couch in excitement and told Raymond we had won,” she said.
Moyer didn’t believe the two were winners, until the news showed the store where they purchased the Mega Millions ticket, he said.
“It was definitely a shock, but it is an incredible blessing that will allow us to do many things we would not have had the opportunity to do before,” he said.
The Cobie and Seamus Trust, of which Collier and Moyer are members, received a one-time, lump-sum payment of nearly $115.5 million. This jackpot was the third largest in Mega Millions history.
With their Mega Millions earnings, the winners said they have plans to do some investing, traveling, and going to as many Notre Dame football games as possible.
Now, there is still one winner from the March 18 Mega Millions, who has yet to come forward. But it is known that the ticket was purchased in Maryland.
CBS Baltimore reports that the other winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at Lady’s Liquor in La Plata. The winner does have the option to remain anonymous, when he or she comes forward to claim his or her prize. Maryland is one of six states that offer this option.
The winner has 182 days from the March 18 drawing to claim his or her Mega Millions jackpot.
A previous report from The Inquisitr lists the winning numbers from that day. They are 11, 19, 24, 33, 51, and Mega Ball 7.
Back in October of 2013, Mega Millions changed its rules with the hopes of having more jackpots, according to a report from The Daily Mail. Mega Millions is now played in 43 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.