A Lincoln County man whose brother dropped his winning $1 million Mega Millions Lottery ticket in a Salina gas station cashed in Monday after the owner of the station tracked him down and returned the ticket.
The winner, whose name was not released, told Kansas Lottery officials that he had stopped to get gas in Salina and his brother went into the store to check his lottery tickets. He apparently dropped the unsigned Mega Millions ticket in the store. The men then went home, anxious to watch March Madness basketball.
Store clerks noticed the lost ticket and scanned it to see if they should try to contact the owner. When they saw that all five numbers matched the winning numbers, but the Megaball didn’t match, they knew the ticket was worth $1 million.
The clerks called the store owner, whose son went to the store to try to find the owner of the ticket.
“We had already been home for about an hour, and then went out and ran another errand,” the ticket owner told lottery officials. “As we passed the store, the owner’s son pulled out behind us and flagged us down. He explained what happened and handed me the ticket, and I just couldn’t believe it!”
The man took the ticket to the lottery office in Topeka on Monday.
The winning ticket was sold at Mity Mart, 1903 E. Highway 18 in Lincoln. The store is eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.