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First-time player knew she would win big!

Angelica Chavez

Drawing Date: 4/19/2019

April 23, 2019 - A Sioux City, Iowa, woman played Mega Millions for the first time and won $1 million.

“I told my dad the night before, ‘I’m going to win something big,’” Angelica Chavez said as she claimed her prize Monday afternoon at Iowa Lottery headquarters. “And he said, ‘Just go for it!’”  

Chavez, 27, who works at the Tyson Foods meat-processing plant in Sioux City, said that she chose her own numbers, playing those that she had written down a few years ago. She said she worked at the time at a senior-living center and there was a little game there with balls in it like a lottery drawing machine. So she played the game and picked multiple sets of six numbers, which she wrote down and kept all this time in her purse.

“And I said one day I was going to play them and that day was on Friday,” she said.

Chavez said she worked until late Friday night, and when she got home, she checked that night’s winning Mega Millions numbers on her phone. She matched the first five numbers but missed the Mega Ball to win a $1 million prize. Some winners are in disbelief at first, but not Chavez.  

“I had already felt that I was going to win,” she said. “I put 15 instead of 25, or I would have won the whole jackpot!”

Chavez bought her $1 million-winning ticket at Fleet Farm Fuel, 5860 Sunnybrook Drive in Sioux City.

The winning numbers in Friday’s $175 million Mega Millions drawing were: 18-25-43-44-57 and Mega Ball 25. The Megaplier number was 4. Chavez’ ticket was the only one in the country to win a $1 million prize that night. It’s the third prize of at least $1 million won in Iowa so far this year.  

Fleet Farm will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.

Chavez has investment ideas for her winnings, and wants to put money aside for her daughter’s future. “I have a couple plans,” she said. “I kind of want to buy some properties and put them for rent so the money can keep running, not just stay stuck in the bank.”