North Carolina Powerball Winner Redeems $88 Million Ticket

Jeffrey Wilson says it’s been a long three days since a Powerball lottery drawing made him a millionaire.

The 27-year-old from Kings Mountain resident appeared in Raleigh on Tuesday to redeem the $88 million ticket that he purchased from a local gas station for Saturday’s drawing. He decided to take a lump-sum payment of about $42 million, or $29 million after taxes.

Wilson said he plans to buy a house, maybe a car and probably “some fast boats.” He considers himself an average guy with a close group of friends and close family, and said while the jackpot will change his life it won’t change who he is.

Wilson is North Carolina’s second Powerball winner. Jackie Alston of Halifax won a jackpot of $74 million in November 2006.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    The nation has all been lied too. I know the winner...I seriously do. I swear on my family. The actual winner is a relative of Jeff. The winner is going through a recent divorce and didnt want to be seen as the winner and his soon to be ex-wife get him for some of HIS winnings.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    88 million dollar lottery winner. according to an article in the Washington Daily News and Fish wrapper, Mr. Jeff will be taking home 29 million after taxes. Way to go state and fed coffers. That's 52 million for the gubment to blow. Buzz-
  • by TKB Location: Eastern NC on Jun 25, 2009 at 06:53 AM
    Wonder if he needs a mistress!!!!! Congrats Jeff!
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jun 24, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    Seriously...Congrats to Jeff! Just remember to take care of your family and friends first. Like some of these other people said, hire a good, TRUSTWORTHY accountant and/or financial advisor.
  • by Carol Location: Winterville on Jun 24, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    Did you all see where the lottery release $78 mil. to the State of NC this week and will be releasing more in July. Now maybe they will hire back some of those laid off teachers and other state employees - YEAH, RIGHT! Bev and her co-horts will find something ridiculous to squander it on. Hey, if you want to fantasize, maybe we can hire Batman to take care of the thugs in Greenville with some of that lottery money. LOL! Might as well laugh as to cry...
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Jeff might have won the lottery, but the state legislators are the real WINNERS. Just more money for them to squander. Buzz-
  • by John Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 11:17 AM
    To me: Lottery winners can either take half the winnings as a lump sum or the full amount payable in annual installments for something like 30 years. This gentlemen along with most winners choose to take the lump sum.
  • by me Location: kinston on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    can someone tell me if he won 88 mil shouldn't the taxes come off of that 29 mil is a lot of money even after 42 mil where did the other 46 mil go
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2009 at 07:29 AM
    This guy got robbed. 88 million reduced to 29 million? wow!
  • by Leon Location: Greenville on Jun 24, 2009 at 03:44 AM
    Hey cousin Jeff, Do you remember your long lost cousin Leon. I can't wait to see you. By the way can you loan me a couple thousand dollars for gas. I love you cousin!
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