Michael Davenport, 64, of Louisville, is the Kentucky Lottery’s newest Lucky For Life winner! Davenport matched the first five numbers but not the Lucky Ball to win the game’s second prize of $25,000 a year for life on the February 26th drawing.
Davenport, a retired machinist, checked his ticket the following morning while at home. He pulled up the winning numbers on his phone and saw several of his numbers matched – but he had no idea how much he’d won. “I zoomed in on the screen and rubbed my eyes to make sure I was seeing it right,” he told lottery officials.
Davenport then drove to a nearby Thorntons to have his ticket checked. The clerk scanned it and handed it back telling him it was for more than $600, which is the most they can pay. “I had no clue how much I’d won. I thought maybe $1,000,” he said.
The Okolona man then presented his ticket at Kentucky Lottery headquarters just a short time later. “I asked the woman at the window how much I’d won, and she said $500,000. I began to walk away when I stopped and turned around, and said to her, “Excuse me? She said $500,000 a second time and I just couldn’t believe it,” Davenport said.
He sat down in the lobby and began texting his wife. He told her where he was and sent photos of the winning numbers and his ticket. She was at work and most likely was unable to respond right away.
Davenport chose to take the lump sum amount of $390,000. After taxes, he received $273,000.
The couple have six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way. He is excited to be able to pay off the couple’s house.
The winning ticket was purchased at Pic Pac on Blue Lick in Louisville. The retailer will get a bonus of $5,000 for selling the ticket.