John Ballinger and his family are set to live a very comfortable life now that he has claimed his MEGA Millions prize worth $667,352!
Ballinger, a 38-year old military aircraft refueler, lives in Ridgecrest and works at the nearby China Lake Navy base. He and his wife plan to use a portion of their money to pay off their mortgage, get out of debt and set up college funds for their two children.
“We are a long ways out from retiring and I want to do the responsible thing,” said Ballinger. “We still intend to live our everyday, normal lives – this money will just allow us to live more comfortably.”
Ballinger’s ticket was one of two tickets to successfully match five of six numbers in the MEGA Million draw. The winning numbers were: 13, 4, 20, 48, 29 and the MEGA number, the only number that was missed, was 36. He purchased his ticket at the Ridgecrest Momart located at 1617 North China Lake Boulevard. The other winning ticket was purchased in Anaheim and has yet to be claimed.