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March 04, 2024


Bear man claims $10,000 prize from MEGA MILLIONS®

Dover, DE — James Helgesen, a 60-year-old man from Bear recently claimed a $10,000 prize from the MEGA MILLIONS® drawing held on August 4, 2023. Mr. Helgesen, a network engineer, purchased his tickets at Royals Farms #161 on Pulaski Highway in Bear.

Mr. Helgesen used Quick Pick to select his numbers, resulting in a match of four numbers and the MEGABALL®. Mr. Helgesen discovered his big win after checking the winning numbers on the MEGA MILLIONS® website. He wasted no time in sharing the thrilling news with his wife.

"We extend our congratulations to Mr. Helgesen on his $10,000 win," said Helene Keeley, Director of the Delaware Lottery. "This win exemplifies the thrill of our games, and we're delighted to celebrate Mr. Helgesen's success."

The winning numbers from the August 4, 2023 drawing were 11, 30, 45, 52 and 56. The MEGABALL® number was 20 and the MEGAPLIER® number was 2X.

MEGA MILLIONS® drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11:00 PM EST. The current estimated annuity jackpot is $607 million dollars. MEGA MILLIONS® costs $2 per game. MEGA MILLIONS® with MEGAPLIER® costs $3 per game.

Mr. Helgesen claimed his prize from Lottery Headquarters on February 23, 2024.

About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed $6.0 billion to the state’s General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, LOTTO AMERICA®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, Sports Lottery and Instant Games, iGaming, Video Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

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