Frabotta, who successfully matched the main numbers 8, 42, 54, 63 and 67 on Tuesday 24th January, revealed how Michigan State Lottery officials had attempted to contact him to deliver the good news, but to no avail. It wasn’t until the fifth time of trying that the 66-year-old answered the call from the unknown number, claiming he thought he had “goofed something up or done something wrong.”
Of course, that wasn’t the case, as lottery officials confirmed that the lucky ticket holder, who purchased his entry online, had landed himself a massive prize. "When the supervisor, Joe, said I won $1 million it got my attention. I looked at the speakerphone in my office and said 'Say that again please!'" the Michiganian told reporters. "While I was listening to Joe, I opened my account and saw I had a $1 million pending prize. That's when it hit me that I had really won."
The newly-crowned millionaire now plans to take early retirement, but not before helping out a children’s charity in the Metro Detroit area that is close to his heart. Frabotta, who was one of two players to claim a Match 5 prize in the draw, was just the Mega Ball away from winning a $177 million jackpot.
If you fancy your chances of matching all six numbers in tonight’s $55 million Mega Millions draw, tickets are available to purchase online or from any authorised retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Best of luck!