The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has announced that Paulette Hodges of Blytheville claimed a $1,000,000 prize today at the lottery's Jonesboro claim center.
Hodges won the prize in last Friday’s Mega Millions draw by matching all five of her ticket’s white ball numbers; her extra dollar for the "Megaplier" turned $250,000 into $1 million. She bought the ticket at the Flash Market at 1305 Main St., Blytheville. She says she's going to use some of the money to remodel her house and bank the rest.
The lottery office said there 39 winners across America with her same numbers, 37 winning $250,000 and 2, with the Megaplier, winning $1 Million.
Meanwhile, I'm dashing out to buy a ticket for the $540 million pot that will be drawn tonight. I'm feeling pretty lucky — here's how the LA Times described my chances:
If you have one friend in Canada, put the name of every person in Canada in a hat and pick one, you are five times as likely to pick your friend’s name as you are to win the jackpot with a single ticket.