A Michigan nurse says she’s adding the state lottery to her ‘safe senders’ list after an email notifying her of a $3 million jackpot win landed in her spam folder.
Laura Spears, 55, matched the five winning numbers – 2, 5, 30, 46 and 61 – in a New Year’s Eve drawing worth $1 million. Her good fortune tripled to $3 million thanks to a bonus called ‘Megaplier,’
The Oakland County woman said she bought a ticket online ahead of the drawing and, days later, happened to be scouring her junk email in search of an unrelated wayward missive.
‘That’s when I saw an email from the Lottery saying I had won a prize,’ she told lotto officials.
‘I couldn’t believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my lottery account to confirm the message in the email. It’s all still so shocking to me that I really won $3 million.’
After claiming the prize, she said she plans to share her wealth with family and retire early. Online records show she works as a nurse.
‘I definitely added the Michigan Lottery to my safe senders list just in case I ever get lucky enough to receive another email about a huge prize,’ Spears said.
The Mega Millions jackpot was last won on Oct. 22, 2021, when a family in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. won $108 million. The current jackpot stands at $376 million.
Spears’ fortune tripled because she shelled out an extra $2 to multiply her winnings.
A Lake Havasu City, Arizona family previously got lucky with Mega Millions after winning an October 22 jackpot and winning $108 million.
The current jackpot is $376 million with the next drawing set for Tuesday.