Jamaican wins $54m Mega Millions jackpot
NEW YORK, NY – A prison guard originally from Jamaica has won a life altering amount of money after she matched all numbers drawn in Friday’s Mega Millions draw to win the jackpot of $54,000,000.
34 year old single mother Garina Fearon, who now lives in Brooklyn and works as a prison guard at Rikers Island has endured a long life of hardship and poverty including being abused in a homeless children’s shelter now has a chance to live the good life after Mega Millions made all her dreams come true.
Ms. Fearon told the New York Post, “I wanted a better life. I was struggling as a single parent. I’ve really come back from nothing.” She had to file for bankruptcy six years ago as she was down to her last $25. Two years later her apartment was robbed when she was at work, guarding dangerous inmates at the prison.
The Jamaican, who has two teenage children said that her priority was to buy her sick mother a home in Jamaica where she can live more comfortably. She also said that she had “no idea” about what to do with this sort of money.
The winning Mega Millions numbers were 3, 4, 14, 18, 27 and the Mega Ball was 13.
Fearon also said that she had actually purchased the wrong ticket as she wanted to play Powerball rather than Mega Millions but this is easily the best mistake she has ever made. She opted to take the lump sum option of around $30 million before taxes and said that despite her new wealth she does not want to quit her job just yet.
Published: September 27, 2010