Call me an oddball, but I’ve always been of the opinion that the lottery is a tax for people who are bad at math. Still, that didn’t stop me from spending $2 on Friday for a couple of chances at winning the Mega Millions record $656 million jackpot. I didn’t win.
But one ACS member did. Robert Yu, a process chemist with Eisai in Andover, Mass. hit every number in the drawing except the powerball, earning him a $250,000 prize. Yu plans to take the lump-sum option, giving him a $175,000 windfall after taxes.
“I rarely play the lottery,” Yu tells Newscripts. “This was my first time playing in two years. Because of the big jackpot, my wife reminded me to pick up a lottery ticket last Friday night just before getting home from work.”
There was no chemical secret behind Yu’s winning digits. “Like many others, I let quick pick decide my fate and we really got lucky this time,” he says. Yu plans to spend his winnings paying off his student loans (we hear ya there, Robert) and putting a down payment on a house.
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