For Susan Costonis, choosing birth dates and anniversary dates of loved ones paid off big when those numbers won her a $10,000 Mega Millions prize from the March 23 drawing.
"I always play the same numbers," the Baton Rouge Louisiana Lottery player shared. 

Costonis' ticket matched four of the white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball number to win $10,000. The winning numbers for the March 23 drawing were 06-17-19-20-21 and the Mega Ball was 20. Costonis received $7,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

The 59-year-old purchased her winning ticket from Albertson's #2711 on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.

"I'd like to fly my children home for my birthday," Costonis replied when asked what she plans to do with her winnings. "I'd also like to spoil my new grandbaby a little."

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