A Week Later And Still No $57 Million Winner

One week later and still no winner has come forward to claim that $57 million Mega Millions jackpot. The winning ticket was purchased at the Kangaroo Express at 1531 SE Greenville Boulevard in Greenville.

North Carolina Education Lottery spokesman Van Denton says it's not unusual for someone to take this long to claim a big jackpot because it is a life-changing event. That person has 180 days from last Friday to claim the prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

The winning numbers were 3 - 19 - 21 - 44 - 45 with the Mega Ball 29.

The ticket is worth an estimated $57 million as an annuity or $42.2 million cash--minus state and federal withholdings--if the winner elects to take the lump sum.

So far there have been four big jackpot winners in North Carolina. Three of those were Powerball jackpot winners. Jackie Alston of Halifax who won $74.5 million in November 2006; Jeff Wilson of Kings Mountain who won $88.1 million in June 2009; and Frank Griffin of Asheville who won $141.4 million in February 2010. The first Mega Millions jackpot winner was retired Greensboro businessman Mike Manheim who won $12 million when all of his numbers came up May 2010.

That big $74.5 million winner took 2-1/2 months to claim the jackpot back in 2007.

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