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Mahendra KC Finally Hitting Mega Millions, Win 1.962 Million

Purushottam Dhakal, San Francisco, USA: Nepal origin US Cab Driver Mahendra Bahadur KC has won USD 1.962 million in the California’s lottery Mega Million game.

Mahendra Bahadur KC, 50, drives a yellow cab in San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area, California, according to MegaMillions.com, the official website of America’s biggest jackpot game.

A perseverant KC had been buying lottery tickets for 10 years. And, the one that he bought for a dollar at a liquor shop in San Bruno, while driving his taxi, turned out be the manna from heaven for the struggling Nepali immigrant.

KC decided to stop by Huntington Liquor in San Bruno to pick up a Mega Millions Quick Pick. He paid a dollar and just like that, drove away in his taxi with a lucky ticket that ended up matching five of the six numbers (11-19-24-33-51) in Tuesday night’s huge $414 million jackpot draw. He missed the winning Mega number 7, but do you know he missed that by only ONE number! His ticket had Mega number 8.

It matched five of the six numbers (11-19-24-33-51) in Tuesday night’s huge $414 million jackpot draw, according to Mega Millions.

KC collected the fortune on Wednesday morning. His family members were also present on the occasion.

“It’s just a life-changing situation here,” said his daughter Chandani, who was helping translate for her father. “Now whatever dreams we always had all together as a family, they’re going to be true.”

KC’s wife works as a housekeeper at a San Francisco hotel and their children are studying.

According to his family, the 50-year-old had been thinking about winning it big since immigrating to the Bay Area from Nepal about a decade ago. “It’s just a life-changing situation here,” said daughter Chandani, who was helping translate for her father. “Now whatever dreams we always had all together as a family, they’re going to be true.”

After KC collected the cheque worth USD 1,962,339, his son said, “You know, we’ve worked so hard throughout our life. That’s all my dad thinks about is winning the lottery. Hopefully our lives change now. It’s pretty much an (American) dream come true.”

Son Niranjan says the family plans to use some of its winnings to seek organ transplants for their grandparents, and to have his dad Mahendra’s chronic heart problem addressed. They hope to use the rest of the money to pay off school loans. “You know, we’ve worked so hard throughout our life. That’s all my dad thinks about is winning the lottery. Hopefully our lives change now. It’s pretty much an (American) dream come true,” he added – still in disbelief.

Published Date: Friday, March 21st, 2014 | 10:35 AM

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