By Melody Vallieu
VANDALIA — A Troy man on Monday claimed a $3 million winning Mega Millions ticket from the Ohio Lottery.
According to Marie Kilbane, public information officer for the Ohio Lottery office in Cleveland, James Riddle, 54, of Troy, purchased the ticket at the Kroger on Northwoods Boulevard in Vandalia, and claimed the multi-million dollar prize at the Dayton regional office on Tuesday.
Kilbane said Riddle got all five numbers correct in the Mega Millions, however he missed the jackpot of the July 26 drawing because he did not get the mega ball number correct. Riddle also has purchased a Megaplier ticket for an extra $1, which multiplies the amount of the prize to be awarded, tripling his winnings.
The odds of winning this prize, according to the lottery’s website, are one in 18,492,204.
According to Kilbane, He went to the Kroger to confirm it was a winner, and then went to the Dayton regional office to continue the process of claiming his prize.
Kilbane said the Ohio Lottery must, by law, take 25 percent in federal taxes and 4 percent in state taxes from the prize money prior to Riddle receiving his one-time payout, which will be $2.13 million.
“He seems to be a very nice man,” Kilband said. “My understanding is that he came up with the numbers using a combination of his kids’ ages.”
Kilbane said Riddle is a 30-year lottery player who said he likely would continue to play.
Kilbane said Riddle will receive his payout out in about three weeks.
“He plans to use a small portion of it to take his family on vacation,” Kilbane said. “We wish him congratulations.”
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