Behind every prize-winning ticket redeemed at Lottery Headquarters is a Claims department employee (shown above) who celebrates the win! (L-R) Flo Votino, Sarah Crespo, Wendy Gasparini and Robin Raboin

Thanks to one family’s long-standing tradition of gifting scratch tickets at Christmas, a $3 million-prize winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased for last year’s Christmas Day drawing.

Last Friday, the winning ticketholders, Big Sky Revocable Trust, Christmas 2018 Revocable Trust, Christmas 2018 3 Revocable Trust of Bristol, and Christmas 2018 2 Revocable Trust of Plainville, stepped forward to claim their share of the prize—$750,000 each, before taxes.

“I won $15 on one of the scratch tickets I got for Christmas,” said one of the claimants. “I cashed it in at Avenue News (in Bristol), and purchased four more tickets—one Powerball, a Mega Millions, a Lotto and a Lucky for Life.

The next day I opened my iPad and saw on Facebook that there was a $3 million Mega Millions ticket sold at Avenue News on Christmas Day. I checked the winning numbers, saw I got a couple numbers…and then I realized I had all, but the Mega Ball.”

The winning numbers drawn on December 25, 2018 were 2 – 8 – 42 – 43 – 50. The Mega Ball was 6, and the Megaplier was 3.

Because the ticket was purchased with the Megaplier feature added, the $1 million prize was automatically multiplied by three for $3 million.

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