Florida’s First Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Claims
RELEASE DATE: 4/29/2014
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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Lottery announced today that the members of the Cobie and Seamus Trust Dated April 21, 2014, Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier, both 35, of Merritt Island, claimed a $207 million MEGA MILLIONS® prize from the drawing held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The winners split the $414 million jackpot with one other winner in Maryland, who has not yet claimed his or her prize. The members of the trust chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $115,448,968.00.
“We joined MEGA MILLIONS to offer our players more winning moments – and that’s what we have done,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell. “Since joining less than a year ago, Florida players have won more than $149 million in MEGA MILLIONS prizes, while simultaneously generating more than $66 million for Florida’s students and schools.”
The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased from Sunoco, located at 600 South Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island. The retailer received a $100,000 bonus commission for selling the $207 million MEGA MILLIONS ticket.
“We didn’t know we had won until the next morning when the numbers were on the news,” said Collier. I paused the TV and ran to get the ticket to double check the numbers and when I realized they all matched I jumped off the couch in excitement and told Raymond we had won.”
“I didn’t believe her until I saw the store where we purchased the ticket on the news,” Moyer 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.” The winners say they plan on investing, traveling and going to as many Notre Dame football games as they can.
Florida had more than 382,000 winners in this drawing, including two $1 million winners. This series of jackpot rollovers generated more than $42 million in sales for the Florida Lottery, resulting in more than $16.9 million generated for Florida’s education system.
Since Florida joined MEGA MILLIONS in May 2013, the multi-state game has produced more than 7.7 million winning tickets totaling more than $149.5 million in prizes. Ticket sales have surpassed $160 million, which has resulted in more than $66 million for education.
The next MEGA MILLIONS drawing will be held tonight, April 29, at 11:00 p.m. ET with an estimated $68 million jackpot. MEGA MILLIONS drawings are broadcast on 17 carrier stations throughout the state. Drawings are also available for viewing on the Florida Lottery website. Winning numbers are available on the Lottery website, at retailers statewide and by phone at (850) 921-PLAY.
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The Florida Lottery is responsible for contributing more than $26 billion to education and sending more than 650,000 students to college through the Bright Futures Scholarship Program. The Florida Lottery reinvests nearly 98 percent of its revenue back into Florida’s economy through prize payouts, commissions to more than 13,000 Florida retailers and transfers to education. Since 1988, Florida Lottery games have paid more than $37 billion in prizes and made more than 1,300 people millionaires. For more information, please visit www.flalottery.com.
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