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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  • by tj Location: greenville on Oct 9, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    I hear he's a contractor, so he's making safe plans, Get all your affairs in order, and remember your friends,
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Manteo on Oct 8, 2011 at 05:03 PM
    Maybe they lost the ticket.
  • by coment Location: High Point on Oct 8, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    What a lawyer is for and why need a CPA since a witholding is known? all you need is to calm down and take a time to plan what you'll do with your money.
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      by CarolinaCG on Oct 8, 2011 at 06:43 AM in reply to coment
      The lawyer is to ensure that the money is allocated to YOUR chosen beneficiary upon your demise. and NOT revert back to the state.
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:38 PM
    The first three things you need are: 1) Lawyer 2) CPA/financial adviser 3) unlisted phone number
  • by Best of Luck to You! on Oct 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    This person is playing it smart! Getting attorney's advice, packing up the UHaul and planning that quick midnight getaway once it's made public!! LOL!
  • by Theresa Location: Williamston on Oct 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Hopefully they are retaining a very good attorney. With that much money, I'd sure want one. I'd keep it quiet as long as possible to keep the vultures away. To whoever won: CONGRATULATIONS !!!
  • by m on Oct 7, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Hopefully they are planning what to do. If you are reading this I'd suggest you go anonymous otherwise, everyone will want a piece. Best of luck to you...
  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    i'd be chomping at the bit....already called in rich at work and all...lol...

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