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N.C. man claims $141M Powerball lottery jackpot

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Takes cash option, netting $47 million after taxes

RALEIGH, N.C. — Retired Asheville Fire Department employee Frank Griffin is $47 million richer, but he has few grand plans for the money. He mainly wants to spend more time with his wife.

"I may get us a new house later, but I really want to spend more time with her and my grandchildren," Griffin said Monday at a news conference where he was introduced as the sole winner of the $141 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

Griffin choose the $69 million cash over the $141 million annuity. That equals about $47 million after state and federal taxes are paid, said Tom Shaheen, executive director of the North Carolina Education Lottery.

Griffin, 66, said he had $5 left over after buying gas Saturday so he bought five tickets, letting the machine choose his numbers and he was unaware of the total jackpot. A friend, identified only as Larry, said, "you ain't going to win that," Griffin recalled.

But at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Griffin woke up his wife, 65-year-old Loretta, with the news that he thought they had won the lottery. He returned to store to make sure the ticket was legitimate.

He plans to use the money to take care of his family and to travel with his wife to Hawaii. He also plans to play more golf and to help his church, Crossroads Assembly in Asheville.

Griffin, who had a hard time hearing questions, and his wife grinned throughout the news conference at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, holding hands for much of the time. Two of his three children joined them, although they declined to identify themselves.

When asked how their lives would change after winning the money, Griffin replied: "It won't change that much." Loretta Griffin made a face, indicating her disagreement.

Later, she said she thought the money would make their lives easier. "We just won't have to worry about bills," she said. "And you know, he won't have to work as hard."

It was clear from their answers that the Griffins had not notified many people of their windfall or their plans. Their church doesn't know, he said, and neither does his banker. "I'll be talking to him as soon as I get back," he said.

Griffin has owned a janitorial business for 40 years and worked for the fire department as an engineer and driver for more than 23 years. He said he may leave the business to his children, though that was news to them. He says he moved so quickly on claiming the money — he had 180 days — because "I figured I'd better get here before I lost the ticket."

As for Larry the friend? Larry told Griffin on Sunday that he had heard someone in Asheville won the $141 million.

"And I looked at him and smiled, and he said, 'What are you smiling about?'" Griffin said. "And I said, 'Because I won it.'"

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Posted: February 9, 2010, 9:13 am - IP Logged

Congrats to the winner!

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    Posted: February 9, 2010, 9:15 am - IP Logged

    Congratulations to Frank Griffin and his wife Loretta Griffin.

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      Posted: February 9, 2010, 9:39 am - IP Logged

      congrats to the Griffins.

      Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

      For a lead role in a cage?

       

                                                  From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

        beaudad's avatar - animaniacs26
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        Posted: February 9, 2010, 10:18 am - IP Logged

        congrats to the Griffins.

        I agree.........congrats to them.......

        " I don't have a gambling problem,  I have a problem winning!"

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          Posted: February 9, 2010, 11:04 am - IP Logged

          They are so cute and she is just giggling like a school girl....I love it!!

          If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

          You never know when you will get another hit.

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            Posted: February 9, 2010, 11:17 am - IP Logged

            a other record old person wins!

            but am glad they are happy about it,, they said they have grandkids so they are about to get spoiled am guesting

            rich grandparents always love to spoil their grandkids rioten in my mind

            something special about spoiling your adult kids , kids

              like in your face, you was a spoiled little brat

            , now you can deal with what we dealed with,, payback is best served cold son!

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              Posted: February 9, 2010, 12:13 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to the Griffin family! Another one for QuikPiks!

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                Posted: February 9, 2010, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

                Sadly I'm not related....Unhappy     Although I could be convinced to be a long lost relative ....LOL       Seriously though this guy seems like a nice fellow and I wish him well...however he may wish he hadn't come forward and been so public.   Good luck Griffins!!!

                  ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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                  Posted: February 9, 2010, 2:02 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to them on their win! Smile

                  "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                    Posted: February 9, 2010, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats to them!!!! he claimed his prize fast just as fast as that other guy that didnt tell his wife who worked 2 or 3 jobs......

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                      Posted: February 9, 2010, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

                      I have one comment to make to frank and Loretta...RUN !.  I Agree!

                        Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
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                        Posted: February 9, 2010, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

                        Congratulations to the winner.

                        Gonna win.Big Smile

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                          Posted: February 9, 2010, 9:02 pm - IP Logged

                          Congrats to them!!!! he claimed his prize fast just as fast as that other guy that didnt tell his wife who worked 2 or 3 jobs......

                          That would be me, I'd be there faster than wildfire! lol  

                          Yea, that other guy, he lived a couple of counties North of me (I remember that night distinctly, it was a night I thought for sure I was going to win it, more than any other night in my life). My understanding was that he wanted to surprise his wife, and then of course, she was at the conference with him. His wife was quoted as saying "I work at the Senior Center and we were having our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday," said Kathleen. "I wasn't going to leave until my work was finished."  See, he knows her best, she wouldn't have left, anyway. LOL

                          Most of us in Kansas, me included, would have a good long drive ahead of us, to claim our prize. We only have 2 lottery offices in the state...lottery headquarters and a regional lottery office, and this guy just happened to live in the town with the regional office. It is NOT a big town, either. My ex's mom lived there, so I've been there a few times. With it being so close, I would've hightailed it over there, too. 

                          We used to have an office in Wichita at one point, but it closed some years back. 

                          I wouldn't have much choice but to take the family with me, I'd be on the road for hours and hours, there and back. It would be one trip I would gladly take, though! Big Grin

                          Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

                          Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.  ~ Dan Millman


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                            Posted: February 9, 2010, 9:07 pm - IP Logged

                            Congratulations to the winner.

                            Well, we screwed up somewhere, Guru. Oogle  I am just SURE that this was the jackpot we were supposed to split. Wink  I guess we'll just keep trying.

                            Big congrats to the winner, I hope he really enjoys it, and it brings nothing but happiness!

                            Luck is  ** believing  ** you're lucky.” ~Tennessee Williams

                            Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it's greedy or loving.  ~ Dan Millman