Incredible $180M Mega Millions Jackpot Winner Events Leading up to The Shock of His Life
There was some very "weird stuff going on" the day before and the day of the August 22 Mega Millions draw and nobody is more superstitious than 53-year-old Rick Knudsen.
I'm not that guy who gets jealous when someone else gets lucky. I actually love it. Yeah, I would rather it been me but maybe one of these days. To me it's totally worth the $10 a week just for the day dream alone.
This is a truly unbelievable story of some very strange coincidences related to purchases Knudsen made leading up to, and even after, his decision to buy five Mega Millions Quick Picks. The premonition Knudsen had that he just might win a fortune began the day before the draw at a convenience store.
"I bought something and it was six dollars even. No change. And then later on that morning, I bought something somewhere else and it was nine dollars even. Five different places that day I didn't pay any change. The totals were all even amounts," Knudsen explained, still in disbelief. "I'm a numbers freak and that all means something in my head. So I said, 'I gotta stop somewhere and buy a (lottery) ticket.' So on my way home, I bought the Quick Picks for $10."
Get this: Knudsen recalls the very next morning (the day of the draw), "I bought something else and it came out to even money again! It was kind of weird. But I'd already gotten my (Mega Millions) ticket, so I wasn't really thinking about (the weird string of payment occurrences) anymore."
That evening, he met his family at a time share in Indio. This is where things get a little spooky. And if you get chills, you won't be alone. "I went with my wife down to the cantina to buy some things for the room." You guessed it:
It was like $24 EVEN!!" Knudsen recalled, his voice nearly shouting with excitement. Every single thing that Knudsen had purchased over a 48-hour period totaled even dollars â€“ absolutely no change involved! "I was like man this is it. The seventh time that I bought something in two days in two different cities and counties! The clerk at the cantina said I should buy a lottery ticket and I said, "I already did!"
But the icing on the cake came late Friday evening (Aug 22). Knudsen, who had no idea his winning Mega Millions numbers had already been drawn, met his children at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. "Everywhere I played I won! I played on seven different machines (ironically lucky seven â€“ the same number of even-money purchases he had made!) and I won on every single one of them. I said I'm getting out of here!"
The next morning Knudsen got a call from his sister informing him that someone from Calimesa had won the $180 million jackpot. "She said did you happen to buy one? I said, 'I did!' When she said it was the Calimesa 7 Eleven, I looked up the numbers and said, 'Oh my God.' I looked at the numbers three different times and I just about fainted! My family and I were yelling and hugging. We drove home. It took 45 minutes but it felt like an entire day â€“ felt like we were driving in the river!"
I'm happy for this guy and his family.