March 21, 2014 – Tuesday night’s drawing for an estimated $414 million Mega Millions jackpot found two top winners, but made a lot of new millionaires in the process. Mahendra KC, a 50-year-old San Francisco taxi driver, was one of them.
KC, a 50-year-old man from Nepal, matched the first five of Tuesday’s six winning Mega Millions numbers. The winning numbers were 11, 19, 24, 33, 51 and the Mega Ball was 7.
Just the Mega Ball number kept KC from winning a share of the more-than-$400 million jackpot, but he and his family are happy enough as millionaires anyway.
KC’s daughter, Chandani, told California Lottery officials it’s a “life-changing situation,” for the family.
“Now whatever dreams we had all together as a family, they’re going to be true,” Chandani said.
Amazingly, KC bought those dreams with just a single dollar – the taxi driver stopped at a liquor store in San Bruno, Calif. and bought only one Mega Millions ticket, proving the adage that it only takes one ticket to win big.
Chandani and KC’s son Niranjan were on hand at the California Lottery’s claims center to help translate for their father. Niranjan told Lottery officials the family planned to use the money for important bills.
Along with paying school loans, the nearly $2 million windfall will help pay for treatments for KC’s chronic heart problems, and the family also hopes to secure organ transplants for their grandparents.