Seattle man takes home $1.75 million with multiple winning tickets

SEATTLE – Archie Herring of Seattle just missed winning this week’s huge $130 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, correctly guessing five of the six numbers drawn but missing the all-important Mega Ball number.

He is crying all the way to the bank.

Herring, 68, played his five-number combination on 10 separate tickets, each one good for a second prize of $175,000, or a total of $1.75 million.

Herring brought his winning tickets into the Washington Lottery’s Seattle office Wednesday and walked away with a check of $1,312,500 after taxes.

“I would have liked to have won the big jackpot, but I’m very happy about this,” Herring said, according to a statement issued by the lottery.

Herring, a longtime lottery player, has a system that finally paid off this week. Herring explained that he tracks the twice-weekly Mega Millions drawings in an effort to figure out what combination of numbers is likely to come up next.

Once he settles on a five-number combination, he generally plays it five times, each with a different Mega Ball number. This week he played his combination 10 times because of the unusually large jackpot. He correctly guessed the numbers 10, 23, 28, 39 and 51 but missed the Mega Ball number 5.

System or no system, the odds against guessing five numbers correctly are more than 2.6 million to 1. The odds against guessing five numbers plus the Mega Ball are 135 million to 1.

“We checked with lottery officials in other states, and nobody has ever had it played that way and hit like that,” said Lee Lee, a spokeswoman for the Washington Lottery.

Newport Beach Man Claims $81 Million California Lottery Jackpot
Posted: Yesterday, 4:54 pmSource: Lottery Post Staff

A 25-year-old Newport Beach man was identified Tuesday as the sole winner of last Wednesday’s $81 million California SuperLotto Plus lottery jackpot.

Colin McLean, who identified himself as a college graduate who works in the finance industry, said he planned to use some of the winnings to help victims of last month’s tsunami.

“With everything going on in the world, I think it is inappropriate to gain notoriety for this [winning the Lottery]; I feel very blessed, and sense that God has given me an opportunity that very few people receive,” McLean wrote in a statement released by his lawyer.

McLean will receive 26 annual payments of $2,025,000. The retailer will receive $405,000 for selling the winning ticket.

McLean bought the winning Super Lotto Plus ticket at a 7-Eleven in Orange.

McLean wrote that he didn’t realize that he had won until Friday because he had been busy. He said that when he realized he had won, “I about fell over.”

McLean said he went to the Santa Ana lottery office late Friday and was “disappointed” to find that the staff wasn’t able to process his claim because they were preparing for the holiday weekend.

He said he rented a safe deposit box to store his ticket over the long weekend, which he spent researching his financial alternatives.