A Keene man is feeling “blessed” after becoming the Monadnock Region’s newest multimillionaire.
John Walker of Keene confirmed Monday afternoon he is the owner of a $5 million Mega Millions winning lottery ticket that was drawn Friday as part of the $15 million multi-state jackpot.
Walker purchased the ticket, which matched five of the lottery game’s six numbers, at the Park Avenue Deli and Market, a few blocks from his home.
He declined an interview with The Sentinel, saying he wished to remain as anonymous as possible. However, he did say he sees his good fortune as a gift for all the charitable giving he has engaged in over the years.
“We feel it’s a blessing from above,” he said.
The Park Avenue Deli and Market is owned by Brian and Karen Cagney. The business will receive a $30,000 commission for selling the winning Mega Millions ticket, N.H. Lottery spokeswoman Maura McCann said Monday.
Walker’s ticket matched all but the Mega Ball number, which made the ticket worth $1 million. When Walker purchased the ticket he also “megaplied” it by paying an extra $1. As a result, his $1 million in winnings was multiplied by five to $5 million.
Walker will receive $3.75 million after taxes, McCann said.
N.H. Lottery officials said in a statement the $5 million prize is the largest Mega Millions winning ticket sold in New Hampshire since the N.H. Lottery began offering the game in January 2010.
Brian Cagney said this morning Walker is a regular at the store.