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Ga. maintenance man wins Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Ga. maintenance man wins Mega Millions lottery jackpot

A 52-year-old maintenance man collected a $163 million lottery jackpot Monday. Now you can call him a retired maintenance man.

Ben Chason chose to take his winnings in a lump sum, receiving about $66 million after taxes.

Chason bought the winning ticket in Friday's Mega Millions drawing at a convenience store in Bainbridge, where he was a maintenance man for the housing authority.

Asked if he will continue working for the housing authority, Chason replied, "I'm retired."

Chason bought 3 quick pick tickets on Thursday — one day before the drawing. He went back to the convenience store where he bought the tickets on Sunday — checked the numbers and noticed he'd won.

He says he is still in shock.

Fifty-two-year-old Chason was so excited about winning the $163 million jackpot, he drove to Atlanta to pick up his winnings on Sunday.

The lottery offices are closed on Sundays.

The new multi-millionaire was asked by reporters how the money would change his bank account.

"Right now, I got $600 in there, so it's gonna change it pretty good," said Chason.

Chason's back account is about to undergo an extreme makeover. That's after he just became the largest winner in Georgia Lottery history by being the sole winner of the $163 million Mega Millions jackpot.

He said he plans to spend some of the money on his family and his girlfriend's family, and to invest some of it. He also said he wants to buy some land and help a nephew who is becoming a minister.

"I have thought of probably trying to start him a church — and I may just put the money up and build him one," Chason said.

The jackpot is nowhere near a nation-wide record. In February, eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant split $365 million in the other big multistate lottery, Powerball.

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is worth $12 million.

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Posted: September 18, 2006, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

I hope Mr Chason is wise..

It troubles me when someone runs to the lottery office as quickly as he did ( Sunday ??) without getting the proper financial advice and legal representation...

 

DD

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: September 18, 2006, 5:08 pm - IP Logged


    CONGRAT$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Bainbridge, Georgia.......WINNER

    of million$$$$$ of DOLLAR$$$$ MEGA MILLION!!!

    Psykomo......SEZ......."QUICK-PICK$$

    LakeSeminole in Bainbridge, Georgia............is famous for

    great fishing & now the mega million..........."JACKPOT"!

    There is also, BIG CATFISH in this HOLE &  someone

    may just be the lucky winner of next FANTASY-FIVE

    <>JACKPOT$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    <>
    PartyPartyPartyWhite BounceWhite BounceWhite Bounce"Quick-Pick"

    White BounceWhite Bounce<>                   US Flag <>                 White Bounce<>      White Bounce<>  White Bounce                                        White Bounce

    PSYKOMO 

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      Posted: September 18, 2006, 5:59 pm - IP Logged

      DoubleDown-

      I'm with you.  This guy, I am happy for him.  But the suddenness in which he has come forth is an indicator that he doesn't have the education and info to properly manage this huge winning!

       Hopefully he still will change course with quickness and fade to black.

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        DoubleDown-

        I'm with you.  This guy, I am happy for him.  But the suddenness in which he has come forth is an indicator that he doesn't have the education and info to properly manage this huge winning!

         Hopefully he still will change course with quickness and fade to black.


        "Wach a" you all..........

        tonkin bout, no egdeca

        tion, can you spell.....

        matancce man???????

        HE got de mony n ban

        $$$$NOW$$$$

        This is a good example of how long it takes to get a very, very

        BIG JACKPOT.......................$ETTLED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

         "SMART MAN" 

        PSYKOMO 

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          Posted: September 18, 2006, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

          When I use the term education, I'm speaking not about schooling education, but I am speaking about wealth, money, and lottery education.

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            When I use the term education, I'm speaking not about schooling education, but I am speaking about wealth, money, and lottery education.


              It L@@K$ to me that he has a darn G@@D

              "LOTTERY Education"

                                      (JUST BUY)

             "QUICK-PICK$"  
             When "you" win.............put the money in

            step (1)   BANK

            step (2)   Buy more quick-pick$$$$

            step (3)   $pend the MONEY$$$$$

            step (4)   Buy land as He suggested!

            LOL

            PSYKOMO 

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              Posted: September 18, 2006, 7:27 pm - IP Logged

              "Right now, I got $600 in there, so it's gonna change it pretty good," said Chason.

               

              Green laughROFL

              WHATT

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                Posted: September 18, 2006, 9:28 pm - IP Logged


                Congrat$$$....Mr. Cha$on:

                PartyPartyPartyI Agree!

                you are a very $MART MAN"!!!!

                GOD BLESS!!!!!

                LOL

                PSYKOMO 

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                  Posted: September 18, 2006, 9:47 pm - IP Logged

                  Ironically it doesn't seem that the educated/prepared lottery players are the ones winning big most of the time, if any. Education also comes in many forms, some might say it is actually very intelligent not to allow lawyers, advisors, and financial planners win the lottery every time you do, and control your destiny. It is bad enough the IRS does. They all want you to assume you can't live without them, so they can jump on for the ride.

                  Most will be fine provided they have enough sense to handle the funds. It is also quite easy to assume you would not run to lottery headquarters when you do not have a $66million dollar ticket in your house. That much money and the life that it could provide may make you do things you would have never thought. But it is very easy to remain calm and rational when your outside looking in.

                  Chalk up another for QP's. Three nonetheless, that is painful to lottery players who use systems and play up to $100.   

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                    Posted: September 18, 2006, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

                    Lady Luck shined her light on him!

                    Congrats to the Money WINNER!

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                      Posted: September 18, 2006, 11:01 pm - IP Logged

                      Hello.

                      I really don't know and don't understand why someone look at the immediated claim winner with a negative thinking and even think that they are kind of uneducation ???

                      I'd like to say that I am college graduated, and If I won big, I will come to the lottery headquater as soon as I can . Because I think if I spend time with finance advisor with ticket unclaimed I may be scared to death. And claiming soon is my first choice!

                      If we claim soon at the lottery main office, will we lost some money ? get dangerous ?

                      May anyone explain to me ? thank you!

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                        maybe he is mature enough and he did not get too excited.  My only thing is all the things he has already said he is verbally going to do. I dont have an issue with the church thing...but a nephew who wants to be a minister?  He does not have an established congregation or following.  And to build a church. how big and who will own the title? the nephew, the church or the board members.  I think half the money(around 35 million) will be spent the first year and some tax issues will happen next year with all the gifting.  His loose lips may sink his own ship.

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                          Posted: September 19, 2006, 12:35 am - IP Logged

                          I'm happy for the maintenance man.    Smash

                          Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).


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                            Posted: September 19, 2006, 12:55 am - IP Logged

                            I'm happy for the maintenance man.    Smash


                            LOTTERY POST members pro/say MGM winner DEAD!!!

                            sorry to lo$e this GREAT MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                            Thinking of...PokeSmashBashSurrenderSurrenderSulk Off

                            very sad............beliver'$

                            GOD BLE$$....agai N

                            PSYKOMO