TX Man is $177M Lottery Jackpot Winner in AR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A Texas man is now a multi-millionaire after buying a winning lottery ticket in Arkansas.

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) held a news conference Monday afternoon to introduce Eliberto Cantu of Lubbock, as the 55th lottery-made millionaire in the state.

Cantu, 71, won the March 31 Mega Millions prize of $177 million. The winning numbers were 17, 24, 27, 32 and 58 with the Mega Ball number 10 and the Megaplier of 3.

“All I can say is, we’re blessed – and keep buying lottery tickets!,” said Cantu at the news conference, where he was presented with an oversized check by ASL director Bishop Woosley.

A regular lottery player – in fact, the whole Cantu family plays – Cantu bought the ticket while working in construction near Hazen. The winner’s son said his parents “still don’t believe it is real.”

They plan to do some traveling with the prize, which is the largest jackpot ticket ever sold in Arkansas, and will level and rebuild their home church, and its sister church, with part of the win.

The $177,000,000 winning Arkansas Scholarship Lottery ticket was sold at All Stop Valero, 408 East 22nd St., in Stuttgart (Arkansas County). The retailer will receive a $50,000 bonus commission on the sale.


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