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Virginia man claims $107M Mega Millions jackpot

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Virginia man claims $107M Mega Millions jackpot

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MCLEAN, Va. — A 25-year old McLean, Virginia, man won the third-largest lottery jackpot in Virginia state history and his use of Facebook is partly the reason for his riches.

Brian McCarthy won $107 million in the Mega Millions lottery after buying a ticket in a Giant grocery store in Herndon.

McCarthy says he checked his ticket after reading an article posted on a local radio station's Facebook page that posted the winning numbers.

After checking the article, McCarthy phoned his family, who didn't initially believe he had won a massive amount of money.

"My dad kind of freaked out a little bit and mom started crying," McCarthy says.

Rather than taking $107 million in 26 annual payments, he opted for a $68.4 million lump sum payment.

McCarthy, who had been working as an account manager at Pepsi, informed his boss he was quitting, but wasn't allowed to tell his boss why.

"I didn't tell anyone but my family for the first three-and-a-half weeks or so," McCarthy says. "On the last Friday, when I met my boss and turned in my computer, I told him and he got a kick out of it."

He purchased a new car and took a trip to Ireland. He also donated $25,000 to two Herndon charities — Herndon-Reston FISH Inc. and the Herndon Optimist Club.

McCarthy says he plans to "go slow" with the rest of the money.

The $107 million jackpot is the third largest in Virginia lottery history.

J. R. and Peggy Triplett of Winchester won the largest jackpot in state history. They won the $239 million jackpot on Feb. 20, 2004. Steve Williams of Shenandoah, won the second largest jackpot of $200 million on Oct. 16, 2009, according to the state lottery, which says the lottery generates $1.2 million a day for Virginia's schools.

Thanks to hearsetrax for the tip.

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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
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Posted: August 16, 2011, 1:03 am - IP Logged

That was so cool..Lying in bed and hearing that the store you got the tickets from hit the jackpot.....granma was thinking  Brian was just pulling her lag and made him a grilled cheese...Too funny.. best of luck to the 25 year old

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    Posted: August 16, 2011, 1:48 am - IP Logged

    Awesome he only purchased 5 tickets and the 2nd was a winner!

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      Posted: August 16, 2011, 4:25 am - IP Logged

      When will i get that lucky :(

        hearsetrax's avatar - 0118

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        Posted: August 16, 2011, 6:13 am - IP Logged

        When will i get that lucky :(

        Roll Eyesbeen asking my self the same question

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          Posted: August 16, 2011, 8:18 am - IP Logged

          Congrats to the winner..........

            sully16's avatar - sharan
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            Posted: August 16, 2011, 8:26 am - IP Logged

            Congrats to the winner , Enjoy !

             HyperBe Happy.

              konane's avatar - wallace
              Atlanta, GA
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              Posted: August 16, 2011, 9:22 am - IP Logged

              Congratulations Brian McCarthy!  WTG!  Party

              Good luck to everyone!

                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                Posted: August 16, 2011, 11:37 am - IP Logged

                68.4 Million at 25 years old. Wow.

                I'd like to try that in my next life.

                I'd rather try it now though at my current age which is a tad older than that.







                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                  Posted: August 16, 2011, 1:00 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to Brian. Looks like a smart young man with a good head on his shoulders. Best of luck to him. White Bounce



                    cbr$'s avatar - maren
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                    Posted: August 16, 2011, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                    Bananaway to go Brian McCarthy, congrats. enjoy it!!

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                      Posted: August 16, 2011, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations to the jackpot winner. I didn't know why the Mega Millions Jackpot was revised upward when the jackpot was won.

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                        Posted: August 16, 2011, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

                        Been seeing old folks winning them jp, it's refreshing to see young ppl can win too! heh

                          dpoly1's avatar - driver
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                          Posted: August 16, 2011, 7:09 pm - IP Logged

                          So much the "old" winning all of the time ?!?!   LOL

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                            Posted: August 16, 2011, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

                            cum on 108 6338