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N.C. couple nabbed $1M lottery prize just before it expired

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dphillips's avatar - littleuns
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Posted: February 16, 2011, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

Yes, dr65, winning $200 million might drive him to the brink of madness!

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    Posted: February 16, 2011, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

    Paranoid much?

    Im glad they claimed it, but it would have been the funniest thing if they he found the 'lost' ticket 1 minute too late.

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      Posted: February 16, 2011, 5:53 pm - IP Logged

      I can definitly use a powerball jackpot win tonight!!!Party

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        Posted: February 16, 2011, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

        What the majority of posters to this story fail to realize, is that it's THEIR money and how they go about claiming it is their business and not ours.

        I understand everyone has their own opinion on how they do things and thats fine, but it's THEIRS not ours or yours. Why so much negativity, It's their business. 

        Would'nt it just suffice to wish them Good Luck and be done with it???

        Maybe other people would'nt handle things as they did for 180 days, but how you handle it would be YOUR business and no one else's .

        I wish the hills, good luck in their endevours regardless...!

        I Agree! You tell em Maddog!!

        Good luck with your winnings Mr and Mrs Hill.

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        Come on Jackpot!!!

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          Posted: February 16, 2011, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

          I'm Happy for the Hills.But they were pushing it to close to the deadline !!!! I'll never wait until I have 24 hours before I claim my winnings... Good luck to all !!!!!!

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            Posted: February 16, 2011, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

            gotta admit, if their life is so perfect they can sit on $1M for a year ;or how ever long, good on em. personally i couldnt do it.

            but hey they're happy.

            can u imagine of mr hill had had a heart attack in the intervening time, and forgot to metion where the ticket was to  Mrs?

            or a stroke, face all hanging and unable to speak, and only 24 hours to claim!

            no siree, id claim it ASAP. but its their choice. but im glad it worked out for em

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              Posted: February 16, 2011, 8:37 pm - IP Logged

              That was not very smart. Supposing something happened to them yesterday and things became so overwhelming that they completely forgot about the ticket.

              3 months wait = genius

              364 days wait = what are you thinking!!!

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: February 16, 2011, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

                That was not very smart. Supposing something happened to them yesterday and things became so overwhelming that they completely forgot about the ticket.

                3 months wait = genius

                364 days wait = what are you thinking!!!

                 The time line on Mega Million winnings is 180 days from the drawing.

                                                             

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                  Posted: February 17, 2011, 2:05 am - IP Logged

                  I'd wait a while, too, but the part that I really don't undertand is when he forgot where he put it. I can't remember where I put things Ihaven't used for several weeks or months on a regular basis, but none of them have been worth anything remotely close to 300 grand.

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                    Posted: February 17, 2011, 9:31 am - IP Logged

                     The time line on Mega Million winnings is 180 days from the drawing.

                    Actually, in PA you have 1 year.

                    It is on the back of the ticket!

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                      Posted: February 17, 2011, 10:46 am - IP Logged

                      Couple reluctantly steps forward to claim lottery winnings

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                      You'd think that the news that you'd won the lottery would galvanize you to pick up the check--and probably quit your job--with all deliberate haste. Not so for North Carolina lottery winners Raleigh and Erin Hill of North Carolina who waited until the day before the ticket expired to cash on their winnings.

                      Even though they learned of their good fortune a few weeks after the Aug. 20 announcement of the winning North Carolina Mega-Millions lottery ticket, the Hills put off claiming the proceeds from their million-dollar winning ticket. Instead they spent the next six months or so hiding the ticket away in an assortment of places--inside a Bible, a shoebox, an envelope and a work locker.

                      Why the delayed gratification? It certainly wasn't the case that they live in such opulence that they could take or leave their winnings. Raleigh, who bought the ticket, is a baggage handler, and Erin works for the federal government. No, it appears that the couple was haunted by a sense of unease over the many families who've won a lottery windfall only to see it destroy their lives and relationships.

                      Raleigh was so fearful of "the hoopla," in fact, that he waited several weeks before telling his wife that he had the winning ticket. And then one day, when she was fretting about having an awful day, he let her in on his secret. "Things aren't all that bad," he told her after leaving the winning ticket on her computer screen.

                      Indeed, public reticence now seems to be the new vogue among big-ticket lottery winners. Last month, Holly Lahti, a 29-year-old single mother from Idaho, came forward to claim "a $190 million Mega Millions jackpot, but vanished just as promptly from the public eye after the nine-figure payday had passed.

                      However, Lahti had some distressingly concrete reasons to retire from the spotlight. According to press reports, she had never divorced or legally separated from her long-estranged husband, Josh Lahti--potentially entitling him under state law to a share of her winnings. The couple had both been arrested in a 2003 domestic dispute, and John Lahti reportedly had several run-ins with the law for alleged physical abuse of his wife.

                      As for the Hills, they took their money in a lump sum, each receiving $340,000 after taxes. At a press conference to announce the winnings, they hinted that they might use the money to buy a new house and take a trip to Ireland, where Erin's ancestors hail from. At which point, presumably, they will resume their lives in comparative anonymity.

                      (Photo: North Carolina Education Lottery)

                      http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110216/ts_yblog_thelookout/couple-reluctantly-steps-forward-to-claim-lottery-winnings/print

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                        Posted: February 17, 2011, 10:53 am - IP Logged

                        Actually, in PA you have 1 year.

                        It is on the back of the ticket!

                        You are correct!  I live in PA and I always thought it was one year so I just checked the back of my Mega Millions ticket and it is one year in PA.

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                          Posted: February 17, 2011, 2:50 pm - IP Logged

                          & now ................. about $40,000,000 after Federal Taxes when I win on Saturday ............ uh, & I will claim mine long before the 1 year is up in Pennsylvania!

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                            Posted: February 17, 2011, 4:56 pm - IP Logged

                            Maybe in PA,it is 1 year, but this happened in NC and it's 180 days..

                                                                         

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                              Posted: February 18, 2011, 10:04 am - IP Logged

                              There was a case, years ago, where a couple won a multimillion dollar jackpot, celebrated pretty hard that night and forgot where they hid the ticket. A few months later the wife was redecorating the daughters bedroom and found the ticket taped to the back of a picture. I think they vowed to give up drinking.LOL