Detroit lottery winner: 24-year-old comes forward after winning $66 million Mega Millions jackpot

DETROIT - A 24-year-old Michigan mother is now a multi-millionaire!

Detroit's Kelsey Zachow recently came forward to announce that she hit the $66 million Mega Million jackpot.

She described how she felt when she found out she was a big winner.

“When the clerk at the store told me I had a big winner I was positive that he was mistaken,” said Zachow. “There was a long line in the store behind me, so I decided to leave and looked the numbers up on MichiganLottery.com when I got into my car. That’s when I realized I had won the jackpot and could barely breathe.”

She said she immediately ran into her home and screamed for her boyfriend.

“I was screaming ‘I won! I won!’ at the top of my lungs and he came running into the room,” Zachow described. “I was yelling so much that he thought I had been in a car accident or hit someone on my way home. I told him I had a $66 million ticket in my hand and he didn’t believe me. He finally looked at the ticket and couldn’t believe his eyes.”

Zachow is originally from Mount Clemens, Mich.

She was working as a medical assistant at Henry Ford and worked as a bartender for a side job.

Kelsey will take the lump sum of $26 million after taxes.

She will use some of the money to set up college funds for her and her boyfriend's two kids and her baby brother.

Zachow waited 10 days with the ticket in her purse before realizing she was the jackpot winner.

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