Virginia man wins $1 million in Mega Millions lottery after thinking he lost

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This man didn’t win the Mega Millions top prize, but he still won big.

Malcolm Meredith of Manassas, Va., bought a lottery ticket for the May 20 Mega Millions draw, according to the Virginia Lottery.

Shortly after the draw, he showed his ticket to someone who told him it was not a winner, according to an August 4 press release.

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FOX Business has contacted the Virginia Lottery for comment.

Malcolm Meredith won $1 million in the May 20 Mega Millions draw. He found the first five winning numbers, but not the Mega Ball number. The odds of matching the first five Mega Millions numbers are 1 in 12,607,306. (Virginia Lottery/Fox News)

The agency revealed on its website that Meredith’s ticket matched the first five numbers in the Mega Millions draw, but not the Mega Ball number.

Meredith kept the ticket and weeks later got a second opinion and found out he had won.

Meredith took the ticket to the state lottery’s Northern Virginia Customer Service Center in Woodbridge, Va., where he learned it had won $1 million, the statement said.

“I was hoping and praying,” Meredith told the Virginia Lottery.

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Meredith used the Easy Pick option, which means the computer selected her numbers at random, the Virginia Lottery reported.

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The winning numbers – for the $131 million jackpot at the time – were 33-40-59-60-69, with 22 as the Mega Ball number.

According to the Virginia Lottery, the odds of matching the first five Mega Millions numbers are one in 12,607,306.

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Meredith was the only person in the United States to match the first five digits, the agency said.

He bought his ticket at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Manassas. The grocery store will also receive $10,000 for selling Meredith her winning ticket, according to the press release.

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