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$75 million Powerball lottery jackpot claimed by N.C. prison guard

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For more than two months, Jackie Alston quietly celebrated her winning Powerball ticket, quitting her job at a state prison and then putting together a team of financial advisers.

The 38-year-old single mom was ready to take the party public — sort of — on Friday when she stepped forward to claim her $74.5 million prize.

Alston appeared briefly at a news conference to discuss her win and smile for the cameras before pulling away in a stretch Ford Excursion limousine.

She wouldn't say where she was headed or how she would spend the money. So far, she's enjoyed staying out of the limelight.

"I've just been living normal. People have been noticing me, but they don't really know, you know, so it's just been fun," she said.

Alston bought the ticket at a Shell gas station in Halifax County, about 15 miles from the Virginia border.

She looked at her Powerball numbers only after hearing news reports that the winning ticket was sold in Halifax County.

"I had to call my brother and have him check it two or three times," Alston said. "It was exciting. I mean it was just overwhelming."

Alston's ticket was the only one drawn in the multistate game to match all five numbers — 2, 8, 9, 12 and 19 — and the Powerball, 25, in the Nov. 29 drawing.

She said the numbers represented the ages of children in her family.

Alston had stashed the ticket in a safety-deposit box at the bank until Friday morning.

Under Powerball rules, she had until May 29 to pick up her winnings, or the prize money would have been redistributed to all participating states.

Alston decided to take her winnings in a lump sum, about $36 million before taxes.

Jackie Alston, 38, of Halifax retells the story of the moment she realized that she had won the $74.5 million dollar Powerball jackpot. She is the largest winner in North Carolina's lottery history.Alston worked for 15 years as a corrections officer at Brunswick Correctional Center in Lawrenceville, Va., about an hour's drive away from Halifax, before quitting in December.

Reporters asked plenty of questions Friday, but Alston verified only that she's single and has children.

"Boy, are they going to be calling for you," one reporter told her.

"We're ready," she said with a laugh.

Lottery officials were nearly as excited, decorating their headquarters with colorful balloons and firing confetti into the air as Alston accepted a large ceremonial check.

"We hope it will interest a few more players in trying their luck," lottery director Tom Shaheen said of Alston's win.

About 30 states participate in Powerball, which was launched in North Carolina on May 30. Alston is the first Powerball jackpot winner in the state.

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liberal47's avatar - Rowlf
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Posted: February 17, 2007, 9:09 am - IP Logged

A very sensible woman. As a former prison guard she must know she is now a target for a lot of her former clients. Looks like she is taking it slow and easy, and not making a lot of frenzied moves. I still, as a former guard would not have put my face out there, but I'm sure her family will keep her grounded and vigilant.

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    md
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    Posted: February 17, 2007, 9:48 am - IP Logged

    I hope the best for her.  I hope she moves away.  Particularly because of her former employment, she needs to move as far away as possible or she could end up in tragic circumstances.  So far so good.

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      Posted: February 17, 2007, 10:12 am - IP Logged

      Congrats Ms. Alston!!!!

      We look forward to you not being in the news regarding this anymore unless it's something positive! Don't be like some of the ones that win and we know them by name because of all the nonsense.

      I am a money magnet. 

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        Posted: February 17, 2007, 11:13 am - IP Logged

        Congrats Miss Alston. It looks like you took the time to get all your ducks in a row. I hope the money will allow you to follow your dreams!

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          Posted: February 17, 2007, 11:50 am - IP Logged

          For more than two months, Jackie Alston quietly celebrated her winning Powerball ticket, quitting her job at a state prison and then putting together a team of financial advisers.

          The 38-year-old single mom was ready to take the party public — sort of — on Friday when she stepped forward to claim her $74.5 million prize.

          Alston appeared briefly at a news conference to discuss her win and smile for the cameras before pulling away in a stretch Ford Excursion limousine.

          She wouldn't say where she was headed or how she would spend the money. So far, she's enjoyed staying out of the limelight.

          "I've just been living normal. People have been noticing me, but they don't really know, you know, so it's just been fun," she said.

          Alston bought the ticket at a Shell gas station in Halifax County, about 15 miles from the Virginia border.

          She looked at her Powerball numbers only after hearing news reports that the winning ticket was sold in Halifax County.

          "I had to call my brother and have him check it two or three times," Alston said. "It was exciting. I mean it was just overwhelming."

          Alston's ticket was the only one drawn in the multistate game to match all five numbers — 2, 8, 9, 12 and 19 — and the Powerball, 25, in the Nov. 29 drawing.

          She said the numbers represented the ages of children in her family.

          Alston had stashed the ticket in a safety-deposit box at the bank until Friday morning.

          Under Powerball rules, she had until May 29 to pick up her winnings, or the prize money would have been redistributed to all participating states.

          Alston decided to take her winnings in a lump sum, about $36 million before taxes.

          Jackie Alston, 38, of Halifax retells the story of the moment she realized that she had won the $74.5 million dollar Powerball jackpot. She is the largest winner in North Carolina's lottery history.Alston worked for 15 years as a corrections officer at Brunswick Correctional Center in Lawrenceville, Va., about an hour's drive away from Halifax, before quitting in December.

          Reporters asked plenty of questions Friday, but Alston verified only that she's single and has children.

          "Boy, are they going to be calling for you," one reporter told her.

          "We're ready," she said with a laugh.

          Lottery officials were nearly as excited, decorating their headquarters with colorful balloons and firing confetti into the air as Alston accepted a large ceremonial check.

          "We hope it will interest a few more players in trying their luck," lottery director Tom Shaheen said of Alston's win.

          About 30 states participate in Powerball, which was launched in North Carolina on May 30. Alston is the first Powerball jackpot winner in the state.

          Hello, everyone! Been in the background now for over 4 years, and decided to come out of the closet (a figure of speech).

          I have enjoyed your posts, and just maybe, I might add some of my own, although I am a man of few words. Hal

          PS-As all of you are, I am waiting and hoping to hit the BIG ONE, just like Jackie Alston!

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            Posted: February 17, 2007, 12:34 pm - IP Logged

            I have always wondered if jackpot winners continue to seek advice and investment guidance from their current financial professional or if they "upgrade/replace" their advisory team.  Although some of my clients have "won" big in other areas, none have won any lottery jackpots.  Despite that, I still enjoy working with what people term "the middle class" as it is satisfying to see people become financially independent without even winning something like the lottery or a major lawsuit.

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            The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

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              Posted: February 17, 2007, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to her.  Its good to see that she thought about things before jumping in & claiming her prize.

              Ladyluck2005

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                justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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                Posted: February 17, 2007, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

                Regarding her photo in the news, I don't think she had a choice. We live in a crazy world. However, there are many people who have a lot more than $36 million.  After state & fed taxes she will probably end up with about $21M.  If she's been a smart, tough lady for years, I'm guessing she'll do just fine.  Good luck to her and her family!   

                Just wanted to add: 

                "She said the numbers represented the ages of children in her family."

                 

                I've been using a similiar "method" for years and people tell me I'm crazy.

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                  Posted: February 17, 2007, 4:13 pm - IP Logged

                  she seems like she is tough as nails when she wants to be. I don't think that she will get into any "trouble". She worked for 15YRS!!!!!! as a prison guard........ I mean that just screams DONT MESS WITH ME OR I'LL PUT YOU IN THE HOLE FOR A WEEK.....lol

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                    Posted: February 17, 2007, 7:42 pm - IP Logged

                    Regarding her photo in the news, I don't think she had a choice. We live in a crazy world. However, there are many people who have a lot more than $36 million.  After state & fed taxes she will probably end up with about $21M.  If she's been a smart, tough lady for years, I'm guessing she'll do just fine.  Good luck to her and her family!   

                    Just wanted to add: 

                    "She said the numbers represented the ages of children in her family."

                     

                    I've been using a similiar "method" for years and people tell me I'm crazy.

                    I have my own numbers too.
                    You are certainly not crazy JXP...

                    I was glad to see 2 things from this story:

                    1: Sensibility from a winner
                    2: Not a quik pik

                    ...DD

                     

                                                   

                                  

                     

                     

                      konane's avatar - wallace
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                      Posted: February 17, 2007, 8:09 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations to a very sensible lady .... WTG, good for her and her family!!

                        

                        

                      Good luck to everyone!

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                        Posted: February 17, 2007, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

                        If she's as smart and sensible as she sounds we won't see her name in the news again.

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                          Posted: February 17, 2007, 11:40 pm - IP Logged

                          YOU GO GIRL... DO YOU BOO!  Please keep the hounds back... 

                           

                          You will be surprised by all the men who will suddenly be in love with you.. (your money)

                           

                          Much success to you and yours.. now go out and buy yourself something pretty!See Ya!Party

                           

                          Take care!PartyHyperPartyHurray!Hyper

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                            Posted: February 18, 2007, 12:18 am - IP Logged

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