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$107 million lottery winner turns out to be son of Marriott president

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By Todd Northrop

When Lottery Post reported in August about 25-year-old Brian McCarthy claiming a $107 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot, little was known publicly about the new multi-millionaire.

(See Virginia man claims $107M Mega Millions jackpotLottery Post, Aug. 16, 2011.)

Now it can be revealed that the lucky young lottery player is actually the son of the Marriott hotels president, Robert McCarthy, a millionaire in his own right, earning an annual salary of around $1.2 million.

At the time of the August publication, Brian McCarthy only referred to himself as an account manager at Pepsi.

McCarty had purchased his winning ticket on a whim as he was withdrawing money from an ATM in inside a grocery store in Herndon, Virginia.  McCarthy's grandmother, who was with him when he found out that he'd hit the jackpot, offered to make him a grilled cheese sandwich to celebrate the win.

McCarthy accepted a lump-sum cash payout of $68.4 million, instead of taking the full $107 million annuity paid in 26 annual installments.

Since winning the massive prize, he purchased a BMW M3 and plans to go on a golf trip to Ireland.  He also donated $50,000 to two local charities — Herndon-Reston FISH Inc. and the Herndon Optimist Club.

McCarthy is a Penn State graduate, and had twice won $1,000 prizes from scratch-offs in the past.

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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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Posted: September 10, 2011, 9:53 am - IP Logged

So could we say money goes to money...

    B$Rizzle's avatar - a4leds
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    Posted: September 10, 2011, 10:13 am - IP Logged

    Me thinks this wasn't just a "whim"....Considering the fact he's won $1,000 twice in the past tells me he plays quite a bit. I'm willing to bet this guy plays more than just on a "whim".

      dpoly1's avatar - driver
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      Posted: September 10, 2011, 10:34 am - IP Logged

      Oh well ........................................... Bang Head

        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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        Posted: September 10, 2011, 11:14 am - IP Logged

        This just proves lotteries are not a tax on just the poor and uneducated, they'll take anybody money.

        * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
        * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
            Wink 

          dk1421's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
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          Posted: September 10, 2011, 11:25 am - IP Logged

          It just goes to show that anyone who buys a ticket can win. Anyone.

          I'm just questioning when it's my turn?!

          "Don't be a schmuck, always take the cash." -Coin Toss

            mamamary517's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
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            Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

            This just isn't right....bad enough I can't hit....at least when someone who needs it does I don't feel so bad, but this?  I am sickSad

              Win$500Quick's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
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              Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:31 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to the new millionaire. Dance

              Thousandaire

                mamamary517's avatar - Lottery-024.jpg
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                Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

                LOL...he's not a "new" millionaire...just has more millions to count!


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                  Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:32 pm - IP Logged

                  This just proves lotteries are not a tax on just the poor and uneducated, they'll take anybody money.

                  Yes, your post proves that even an uneducated person like yourself, who does not know how to write (spell or edit) could have their money taken too.  LOL.

                    Boney526's avatar - NjlpLogo
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                    Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:39 pm - IP Logged

                    LOL...he's not a "new" millionaire...just has more millions to count!

                    Tired of this mentality.

                     

                    He took a risk with his dollar or 5 dollars or whatever, he was probably going to lose and he won.

                     

                    He's just as entitled to claim his prize as you would be, just because he was already well off (I seriously doubt he was a mult-millionaire just because his dad earns 1.2 million a year) doesn't mean he shouldn't win.  The game's all random, so anybody who buys a ticket has the same chance, just like it should be, and so out all of these rich people, who win on occasion, also contribute to the growth of the JP, probably more, becuase they can play more, every once in a while, one will win.

                      LottoGuyBC's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
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                      Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:48 pm - IP Logged

                      Me thinks this wasn't just a "whim"....Considering the fact he's won $1,000 twice in the past tells me he plays quite a bit. I'm willing to bet this guy plays more than just on a "whim".

                      I Agree! ditto that

                      "You have to be in it to win it!"

                        MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
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                        Posted: September 10, 2011, 12:53 pm - IP Logged

                        Yes, your post proves that even an uneducated person like yourself, who does not know how to write (spell or edit) could have their money taken too.  LOL.

                        Who hired you as an English consultant to come on here and put someone down.?

                        You've got one post thus far and you come to this forum to say that another person is uneducated ?

                        you say; 

                        "Yes, your post proves that even an uneducated person like yourself, who does not know how to write (spell or edit) could have their money taken too.  LOL."

                        Your "pen" name should read Eraser, instead of Ereader.

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                          Posted: September 10, 2011, 1:07 pm - IP Logged

                          Please.  Get a grip or a sense of humor.  Counting peoples postings is silly.  Honestly, you just sound petty.

                           

                          If you cannot take the heat of an honest reply, simply don't post. 

                           

                          (Note:  Honestly, if I charged you my standard consultant's fee, you'd probably need some lottery winnings of your own to pay for it.  LOL)

                            TheGameGrl's avatar - p42a
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                            Posted: September 10, 2011, 1:13 pm - IP Logged

                            AMazing how some of the comments are either "me" sided , begrudging the winner or "assuming" things about the winner that have yet to be validated.

                            Keep it simple, a ticket was bought, claimed and the winner has the money now. To judge them and say whether they "deserve" it is irrelevant. THey got it , played by the rules, and claimed. Is there a Lottery rule book that says " Only deserving players get to claim the money? Please fill out a ten page non-sensical form to be reviewed by a panel of monkeys who will then send you a card saying you qualify as deserving" Bet half of us would be denied under those monkey rulings .

                            The only ire that needs relayed is the fact that Uncle Sam who didnt play gets 35% right off the bat, yet we still remain in debt! Free money to the govt and we still scratch our heads wondering where is this money going?

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