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Iraq soldier wins part of $12 million Lotto jackpot

Texas LotteryTexas Lottery: Iraq soldier wins part of $12 million Lotto jackpot

It's been a lucky few weeks for a Texas soldier serving in Iraq.

He won part of a $12 million dollar Lotto Texas jackpot, and now he's home.

Lottery officials say the big winner in the May 23rd drawing was the Las Colinas Lottery Group.

More than two dozen people pooled their money, at 20 bucks a month, to play.

Among them was Master Sergeant Bethurel Griffin of Arlington.  He deployed to Iraq in June of 2006, but Griffin had paid — in advance — to stay in the lotto pool.

Griffin was overseas when he received an e-mail letting him know the group won.  Representatives picked up the jackpot on June 22nd, taking the cash value option worth more than $7 million dollars.

Griffin recently arrived home to claim his share — about $200,000.

He says it would be nice if every soldier could have a "pay day like this."

AP

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justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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Posted: July 3, 2007, 8:43 pm - IP Logged

Enjoy your money in peace, Master Sergeant Griffin.   God Bless our Troops.  I home they all come home soon.

    KyMystikal's avatar - 1457224010054
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    Posted: July 4, 2007, 4:04 am - IP Logged

    Congrads. This kind of reminds me of a few years back a soldier was stationed in Korea and came back here to the states on leave, bought a lottery ticket, and won the jackpot. It was the Mega Millions and the ticket was sold in GA. Here's the story....

    http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=17253&archive=true

    After serving in the Army it's good to see stories like this.

    I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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      Posted: July 4, 2007, 11:10 am - IP Logged

      Now that's a good 4th of July story.


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        Posted: July 13, 2007, 2:30 pm - IP Logged

        I hope the soldier doesn't have financial problems later in life. Did he take cash value or payments?

          justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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          Posted: July 13, 2007, 2:42 pm - IP Logged

          I hope the soldier doesn't have financial problems later in life. Did he take cash value or payments?