$1 Million Louisiana Lottery Mega Millions Winner Dreams of Ziplining Across Niagara Falls
The Louisiana Lottery’s newest millionaire Michael D. Desselle of Bay St. Louis, Miss., has big and small dreams to fulfill with his winnings after matching five white-ball numbers in the July 8 Mega Millions drawing."I'm going to buy a nice recliner. I’m also thinking about ziplining across Niagara Falls," said the 64-year-old who hails from Metairie and claimed his $1 million prize last week at Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge after keeping it secret for a month.Indian Village Trading Post in Slidell, the retailer where Desselle purchased his winning ticket, will receive a bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize. The winning numbers for the July 8 drawing were 08-19-20-55-73 and the Mega Ball was 05. Desselle’s ticket was a quick pick, meaning he allowed the Lottery’s terminal system to randomly generate his numbers.Desselle said he also plans to help family members with his winnings, which amounted to $700,000 after federal and state tax withholdings.Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. Draw-style game tickets must be claimed within 180 days of the drawing. Anyone who may have a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem should call toll free 1-877-770-7867 for help. For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing. More information on Lottery winners can be found at www.louisianalottery.com/winners.