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Georgia couple has $130 million Mega Millions lottery ticket

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Georgia couple has $130 million Mega Millions lottery ticket

A couple that lives just outside Washington, Georgia says they have the winning Mega Millions ticket, which is worth $130 million.

James F. Jones said that his wife, Margaret, bought the ticket on Tuesday.  She played the same numbers she has played for years, he said.

"We're just glad the good Lord gave it to us and we plan to put it to good use," Margaret Jones said Wednesday night from her home as her family gathered to celebrate.

The Joneses, who own an automobile repair shop in Washington, said they were not sure what they would do with the winnings, which they had not yet officially claimed with the Georgia Lottery office.

But James Jones, who is active with the Shriners, did say he hopes to build a place for the local Shriners to meet and wants to raise money for Shriners hospitals.

"This is the second-largest (prize) in Georgia history," said Tandi Reddick, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Lottery.

The highest prize, $150 million, was given out in 2003 to a soldier, Staff Sgt. Stephen Tirrell Moore, who was stationed in South Korea and played the lottery while visiting home in Fitzgerald.

In the meantime, James Jones is anxious about how winning the Mega Millions jackpot will change he and his wife's lives.

"We just don't know," he said. "I don't know what it is we're facing."

The Mega Millions lottery began in May 2002. States participating in the game are: Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington.


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United States
Member #3676
February 10, 2004
425 Posts
Posted: January 21, 2005, 10:35 am - IP Logged

This guy is due a lot of problems now talking smack without actually claiming it.  I am sure every deadbeat will be after him now.


    United States
    Member #6676
    September 3, 2004
    95 Posts
    Posted: January 21, 2005, 11:24 am - IP Logged

      "We just don't know," he said. "I don't know what it is we're facing."  this is not a cool move. he should have hired a lawyer etc...better not go down the whittaker (sp) route.


      fja's avatar - gnome1

      United States
      Member #91
      January 19, 2002
      11906 Posts
      Posted: January 21, 2005, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

      We just don't know," he said. "I don't know what it is we're facing."

      1. divorce

      2. relatives up the wazzu

      3. every joe banker within 100 miles

      4. scam attorneys

      5. scam accountants

      6. every possible credit card

      7. real estate brokers

      8. car salespersons

      9. hot women pretending they like you

      10. a couple of "you've done me wrong" law suits

      11. An IRS audit

      12. a paternity suit

      13. and a nice vacation to Maui.....

      How's that for starters......................

      "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields                      

        charlotte nc
        United States
        Member #3249
        January 6, 2004
        27 Posts
        Posted: January 21, 2005, 2:25 pm - IP Logged

        Yeah I saw them on good morning america today and he said he was going to continue working because he needed something to do! The Misses took the cash value which she said comes to around 52 Million. And I'm sitting there wondering why in the world would you go on national T.V.? I mean get me a lawyer and I'm gonna make "Real" sure NO-BODY!!! knows who I am.

          United States
          Member #379
          June 5, 2002
          11296 Posts
          Posted: January 21, 2005, 3:43 pm - IP Logged

          I'm glad she wants the CASH, what's with these stupid people in CA?

            metro Atlanta area
            United States
            Member #4122
            March 23, 2004
            49 Posts
            Posted: January 23, 2005, 2:30 am - IP Logged

            Actually, she won with a Quick Pick -- not the numbers she "played for years."

            updated news story

              Maverick's avatar - yinyang
              United States
              Member #8242
              October 29, 2004
              1133 Posts
              Posted: January 23, 2005, 5:56 pm - IP Logged
              Quote: Originally posted by ChazzMatt on January 23, 2005

              Actually, she won with a Quick Pick -- not the numbers she "played for years."

              updated news story

              hubbys mistake