7 Missed Calls Before Daughter Could Tell Mom About Her $1 Million Bonanza


Ashley collects her check from the Mega Millions headquarters after the October 5 draw.

It took 7 missed calls before Ashley Eggen’s mom finally heard about her daughter’s win.

She was the first person Eggen tried calling, but was unable to reach her. “I noticed where I had seven missed calls from her. I thought for sure something was wrong,” Eggen’s mom, Gail, said.  

When Eggen finally talked to her mom, she said, “You’re never going to believe this, I just won $1 million dollars!”

“I’m so happy for her,” Gail said.

Ashley Eggen of Elizabethtown, Ky., has dreamed of owning her own home. Now after winning $1 million playing Mega Millions, she plans to do just that! Eggen matched the five white ball numbers - but not the Mega Ball to win the game’s second prize from the October 5th drawing.  

On the morning of the drawing, Eggen purchased a single set of numbers for $2. She chose Quick Pick, allowing the lottery machine to pick them for her.


The winning ticket was purchased at Neighborhood Market in Elizabethtown, KY. PHOTO: Google

Eggen told lottery officials she doesn’t usually check her tickets right away, but while waiting on her five-year-old son to get ready Saturday morning she decided to pull the winning numbers up on her laptop.  

“I normally look at the Mega Ball number first and saw that wasn’t a match. But then I noticed where I had 28, then 27 and before I knew it, they all matched,” Eggen said. “I just sat there a minute. I thought, wait a second, that’s a million dollars. I just started screaming,” she said. Before she knew it, her son was screaming along with her.  

The only thing Eggen wants is to buy a house for her and her son. “It just needs to have a basement and a porch,” she said. Eggen’s son has bigger plans. He told her he’d like it to have a pool.  

“When I hear of someone winning the lottery, I think, man they got lucky. I never thought I’d be sitting here,” Eggen told lottery officials, as she waited to get her check. After taxes, Eggen received $710,000. 

The winning numbers for the October 5, 2018 drawing were 27 – 28 – 32 – 41 – 69 and Mega Ball 12. The winning ticket was purchased at Neighborhood Market in Elizabethtown. The store will receive $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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