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Michigan Lottery Player from Westland wins $1 Million
The Mega Millions April fool's Day drawing was no joke for Michigan Lottery player, Jennifer Krauss, who won $1 Million.

Krauss, of Westland, bought her winning ticket from Take-A-Break Cafe Hamlin and returned to check her numbers earlier today. Afer finding out that she had matched the first five numbers in the Mega Millions game, she could barely contain her excitement.

"I was so nervous, I kept the ticket in my purse," said Krauss. "Then I kept my purse with me all day."

Krauss and her husband plan to use their new found fortune to pay off debt, help their children with student loans, and to donate to charities.

"Maybe we'll redo the kitchen if there's enough left over," Krauss said.
 
   
 
Vietnam Veteran from Charlotte lands $1 million 'Mega' prize
Matthew White, Jr. of Charlotte enjoys his routines. He likes to try his luck matching numbers playing jackpot games, and then checks for the winning numbers in the newspaper on his morning break.

For White, the morning after Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing was anything but routine. He was comparing his numbers when a coworker noticed they matched all five white balls in the drawing.

"Congratulations, you're a millionaire!" the coworker said.

Right away, White called his wife, Maggie, to share the good news. The Whites did not waste any time coming to lottery headquarters in Raleigh to collect the prize money.

"This is a blessing," he said. "I never had any idea this would happen to us."

White purchased the lucky ticket at the Fuel Mart on West Boulevard in Charlotte. He is the 20th North Carolina Mega Millions player to win at least $1 million since the game came here in 2010.

Originally from Kingstree, S.C., White served as a soldier in Vietnam and retired from the Navy. Living in Charlotte, he has worked as a supervisor and a technician for an electrical company that services industrial autotransformers.

The couple said the after-tax winnings of $692,000 will allow them to pay off all their bills, go on more fishing trips, and take a trip to San Diego.

Before winning the lottery, Matthew had already planned to call it a career in December, while Maggie still intends to continue working as a certified nursing assistant.

"When we do retire, we can live more comfortably," he added.
 
   
 
Arkansas player wins $3 Million
Miranda Huffman from Lepanto, AR won $3,000,006 playing Mega Millions with the Megaplier option. She purchased her ticket at 100061 Jordan's Kwik Stop 14, 130 Hwy 135 N, Lepanto, Arkansas. The first person she told was her father and she plans to use the money to build a house.
 
   
 
5 of 6 winning numbers cracks $1M win in Gwinnett County
A Georgia Lottery prize won in Gwinnett County is sparking excitement as one lucky medical assistant welcomes $1 million. Sherilyn Johnson, 46, of Stone Mountain matched the first five winning numbers from the Feb. 28 Mega Millions drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

Johnson used her own lucky combination, which has no significance, to win the prize.

She claimed her prize March 6 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Duluth.

"I was checking new tickets when I ran across an old ticket," she recalled. "I checked the numbers online. I was calm but couldn't believe it."

QuikTrip #0746, 3495 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth, sold the winning ticket.

"I feel great," Johnson shared.

The lucky winner has no immediate plans for her windfall.
 
   
 
Postal worker gets $1 million delivery, plans to pay off home
Clarence Wright, a postman from Greensboro, plans to use the $1 million prize he won playing Mega Millions to pay off his home and save for the future.

Wright's Quick Pick ticket matched all five white balls in Tuesday's drawing, which were 4-23-26-62-69. The lucky ticket, which beat odds of 1 in 18.4 million, was sold at the Spartan BP on South Aycock Street in Greensboro.

"I actually scanned the ticket on Thursday," Wright said. "The scanner said that I needed to claim my prize at the lottery. I thought I had won a few hundred dollars, so I put the ticket back in my wallet. Then this morning I went to Wal-mart and got a haircut and then went to the Greensboro lottery office. That's when they told me what I had won. I was walking around with $1 million in my pocket the whole time."

Wright's win is the first $1 million Mega Millions prize in North Carolina since the game was updated in October. Changes to the game included a new number matrix, bigger starting jackpots and bigger prizes for matching all five white balls. In November, Everette Sloop from Rowan County became the first player in the country to win $3 million playing the new game.

After state and federal taxes were withheld, Wright collected a check for $692,000.

"I tell you this feels great," Wright said as he claimed his prize on Friday. "You play the lottery, but you never think you're going to win. It's hard to believe, but I'm going to believe it all the way back to Greensboro."
 
   
 
$61 MILLION MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT WINNERS CLAIM PRIZE
Amid a festive setting of balloons and cheering onlookers, the Tennessee Lottery today welcomed the winners of its largest prize ever, who arrived to claim the $61 million Mega Millions jackpot won from the drawing held Friday, Jan. 3.

The winners of the hefty prize, Bettina "Tina" Still and her son Jonathan, both of Nashville, preferred not to speak publicly but did allow photographs to be taken at the Lottery's Nashville headquarters with Tennessee Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove.

"We couldn't be happier for Tina and her family," said Mrs. Hargrove. "Winning the big jackpot is a dream come true and Lottery players across Tennessee will all take pleasure in this great news. The chance at such good fortune is what makes the Lottery fun—and what drives our funding of education programs for students and their families."

Mrs. Still, a 69-year-old retiree who lives in Bellevue and worked for the State of Tennessee, said she "nearly fainted" when she realized she had won. She and Jonathan, who currently works for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, have played lottery games together for years and will split the winnings. Tina Still also issued the following statement:

"I am truly grateful for this blessing. I have played the Lottery since it first arrived in Tennessee and have always believed that I could win. As I keep telling my friends: You can't win if you don't play. Knowing you can win is one of the biggest thrills in the world. It's part of the fun of playing.

But, honestly, when I realized I'd actually won, I was astonished and nearly fainted … just absolutely astonished. This will truly mean a lot to us."

Mrs. Still told Lottery officials she and her son waited nearly a week to claim the jackpot in order to consider their options and consult with a financial advisor. They chose the lump-sum cash payment, as opposed to the annuitized amount.
 
   
 
Columbus Couple Wins $1 Million Playing Mega Millions
Allen & JoAnn Cooke of Columbus recently won $1 million playing Nebraska Mega Millions.

For the Tuesday, December 17 drawing, JoAnn Cooke purchased a Mega Millions ticket at Corner Stop, 220 23rd Street in Columbus. The three-play quick pick ticket contained one play with all five winning white ball numbers (8, 14, 17, 20, 39) from the December 17 drawing for a corresponding prize of $1 million.

While claiming their prize on December 26, the Cookes told Nebraska Lottery officials that they were "elated" to win the million-dollar prize. They first thought they might have the winning ticket after their son told them a million-dollar ticket had been sold at Corner Stop. A few days later, JoAnn saw the winning numbers on television and decided to check the ticket. "I checked the numbers, and I told Allen, 'We won a million dollars,'" said JoAnn. "He didn't believe me." The couple has no immediate plans for their prize.
   
 
Georgia Mega Millions jackpot winner comes forward
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Ira Curry. The Stone Mountain woman purchased one of two winning jackpot tickets in Tuesday's $648 million Mega Millions drawing.

She claimed her prize Wednesday morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters.

"It's unreal," said Curry, 56. "It's like I'm still dreaming."

Curry purchased her lucky ticket at Gateway Newstand, 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta. A second jackpot ticket was sold in California.

Curry selected the cash option, which amounts to $173,819,742.50 before taxes for each jackpot winner. Georgia state income tax of 6 percent and federal income tax of 25 percent are withheld from prizes of more than $5,000 at the time the prize is claimed.

After final game sales were calculated, the jackpot increased from an advertised $636 million to $648 million.

Curry was driving Tuesday morning when she heard the retailer location and one of the winning numbers on the radio. She asked her daughter to check her ticket and was stunned.

"I was calm because it was unbelievable," she said.

According to Curry, she hasn't had a chance to think about future plans.

Curry said the numbers are a combination of family birthdays. She added that seven is the family's lucky number.
 
   
 
Barrow County man snags $1M Mega Millions prize
Jesse Whitley, 30, of Bethlehem, Georgia matched the first five numbers from the Dec. 17 Mega Millions drawing to win a $1 million prize.

Whitley, an air conditioning and heating repairman, set a reminder on his phone to purchase a ticket for Tuesday night's drawing.

He checked his numbers online Wednesday morning and realized he had a winning ticket. He shared the good news with his wife.

"She didn't believe me when I told her," he said. "She still doesn't believe me."

Whitley purchased his lucky Quik Pik ticket at CITGO Food Mart, 529 Patrick Mill Road S.W. in Winder.

Whitley, a married father of one with a second child on the way, says he and his wife have not yet decided what they will do with the big win.
 
   
 
Rowan County man first to win $3 million playing new Mega Millions
Everette Sloop Jr. of Rockwell, NC in Rowan County is the first player in the country to win $3 million playing the new Mega Millions game.

Sloop's Quick Pick ticket matched all five white balls but not the Mega Ball in Friday's drawing. Because he added the $1 Megaplier feature and the Megaplier in the drawing was 3X, the ticket was worth $3 million.

Sloop was sitting in his car on Saturday morning when he learned of his win, which beat odds of one in 18.4 million.

"I walked out to the car to call the lottery hotline because I don't get very good reception inside the house," Sloop said. "I listened to the numbers and just sat there. I called five times just to make sure I had really won."

Sloop plans to use his winnings, worth $2,040,000 after state and federal taxes were withheld, to purchase a new house, a car for his mother and take care of his family. He purchased the lucky ticket at the Kangaroo Express on East Main Street.

"I have the best family anyone could ask for," Sloop said. "It feels great to be able to take care of them. I'm going to start a college fund for my children. This is just wonderful."
 
   
 
 
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