One Point Six Billion Dollars!

Mega Millions had already entered historic territory, but it’s truly astounding to think that the jackpot reached an all-time world record, last week.

If a player hits all six numbers to win the jackpot, they can opt for an immediate cash payment of $904 million or receive the $1.6 billion prize over 29 years.

We were in Nevada where you can’t buy lottery tickets – which is very surprising considering the stat is a slot machine and casino mecca.

And we were heading to St George in Utah – again the lottery is not available there – less surprising as it is a very strict Mormon beliefs.

But on Interstate 15, the Virgin River Gorge passes through a little corner of Arizona – where the lottery is, indeed, legal.

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It’s always breathtaking riding through the Virgin River Gorge

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So we pulled off at Littlefield and rode the two miles to Beaver Dam to buy a ticket. Of course, it was a Sunday morning and the car park was full of hopefully from both Nevada and Utah – there was almost a festival atmosphere. Outdoor tables accommodated people with bunches of tickets and some people looked as though they were using their annual income to buy as many lines as possible; Jan  and I filled in one ticket of five lines each.

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I tried to get a coffee in the bar next door; no such luck. You can buy liquor, beer, lottery tickets, play the slots; but you can’t get a coffee.IMG_20181021_124340One very lucky person from South Carolina won this fortune. From The Washington Post:

Simpsonville, S.C., is having a moment.

The small, rural city — population 22,072 — hosted a Doobie Brothers concert Oct. 17, its official site proudly notes. And by next month, a fleet of trucks will be deployed to vacuum up loose leaves.

Then, there is the other news.

A convenience store, KC Mart #7, sold the sole winning ticket for the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the biggest single-winner lottery payout in U.S. history, Mega Millions officials said Wednesday.

The announcement rolled slowly through Simpsonville.

“Holy cow,” said Mayor Janice Curtis, who first learned of her city’s new prominence after receiving a call from The Washington Post. “I think it’s wonderful news.”

The winning numbers were 5-28-62-65-70, with a Mega Ball number of 5, and lottery officials estimated that 75 percent of all number combinations had been purchased by the time of the drawing 

3 Replies to “One Point Six Billion Dollars!”

  1. Sorry to hear you didn’t win!! We never did get a ticket for this on….I often ride the bike down to Nipton to watch for trains and usually buy the wife a ticket for the current lottery…I think we won $11 once!! On these big jackpots, though, Nipton turns into a circus, with hundreds of people lined up for tickets. so I don’t go there…
    People joke that Mormons from Utah who go to Littlefield have to wear disguises so no one recognizes anyone.!!!
    Just a tip about Mesquite….there is a ;place we stay when we go there to get out of town….just up the street from the Virgin River Casino is a “all-suites” hotel called Highland Estates….very nice and quiet and not very costly….I did call them the other day to ask if they rented any of the garages they have, in case it would help you with storing your bike, but they said they didn’t rent them separately…
    There is a guy here in Las Vegas who offers bike storage, but I haven’t been able to get him to respond to my question about cost….if he does reply, I will let you know…

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments and helpfulness, Timothy; we really appreciate it. And, yes, Mesquite would be far easier to collect and drop the bike off. I doubt Jan will give up riding out there but even he admits, it might be better to have the – or A bike – back in Europe so he can ride all year long. We are thinking of moving to Fuertaventura which is one of the other Canary Islands (we live on Gran Canaria) ; we visited that island a couple of months back and it is JUST like Nevada! But with less distances as the island is only about 150 miles long (if that). I do hope we get to meet up one day. Thank you again 🙂 x

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    2. Oh, if only! We’d have bought you your dream bike. I think we won $4 and had to send the ticket to our friends in AZ 😀

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