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Kentucky man ‘tickled to death’ to win $1 million

Ronnie Parker

Drawing Date: 10/16/2018

October 17, 2018 - Ronnie Parker, 65, of Dawson Springs, Ky., was working this morning when he realized he was holding the Mega Millions ticket from last night’s drawing worth $1 million.
Parker matched the five white ball numbers but not the Mega Ball to win the game’s second prize from the October 16th drawing.

Parker, who helps his son-in-law Jeff with his towing service, was working a job this morning where a semi-truck had overturned. He and Jeff were standing on the side of the road talking with the deputy sheriff when he told them someone in Madisonville had won a million dollars.  

“The deputy sheriff asked me if I’d bought a ticket at Wicks.” “I said, ‘I sure did. I bought one ticket for $2.’” The deputy sheriff pulled up the winning numbers on his phone and Parker discovered he was holding the winning ticket.  

“We looked up and Ronnie was gone,” Jeff told lottery officials. Parker had left to go check his ticket at the store where he had bought it.

“Oh yeah, you’ve won it,” the clerk told Parker after scanning the ticket.   

Parker then called Jeff and told him he was on his way back and that they were going to Louisville.

While Parker is officially retired, he says he’s a workaholic and always has to be doing something.  

Parker doesn’t have immediate plans for his winnings but told lottery officials that he lives paycheck to paycheck and that the extra money is really going to help. “I’m happy because I know I’ve got it,” he said.

“I’m tickled to death,” Parker said.  

The winning Mega Millions numbers for the October 16, 2018 drawing were 3 – 45 – 49 – 61 – 69 and Mega Ball 9. The winning ticket was purchased at Wicks Well Market and Deli in Madisonville. The store will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.