The California Lottery has some of the biggest jackpots in the country. One lucky man from Calimesa managed to get all the numbers correct for a recent Mega Millions jackpot. His prize? A total of $180 million, it is ironic that Rick Knudsen was visiting a casino when he found out that he won. He was enjoying himself at the slot machines and table games when he decided to check the results of the lottery ticket he had bought. To his surprise, it turned out he was a huge winner.
By deciding to get all the money in one go, he is forgoing around $77 million to state taxes. This gives him $103 million in his bank account immediately. Being 53 years old, Knudsen is planning on a lavish spending spree as soon as he gets the money. He is already retired from his job as a products manager, having saved enough to spend time with his wife. The lottery now gives them a tremendous amount of financial security.
He says that he only plays the lottery when he is feeling lucky. “On the day that I bought this ticket, I went to five different stores and paid cash for various items. Each time, my total came out to an exact dollar amount. Do you know how rare that is these days? I knew I was having a lucky day so I decided to buy a lottery ticket,” he said.
After spending time with his family and kids, playing a few games at the casino, and having a few drinks, Knudsen was ready to retire for the night. He got a call from his sister talking about the Mega Millions lottery. She said someone had gotten all six numbers right and asked him if he had bought a ticket. This prompted him to check his numbers and discover he was that lucky man.
With odds of one in tens of millions, Knudsen is indeed a very lucky man.