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Virginia man claims $107M Mega Millions jackpot

Aug 16, 2011, 12:41 am

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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.

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Thanks to hearsetrax for the tip.

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gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
United States
Member #30515
January 17, 2006
447 Posts

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

    New Member

    United States
    Member #64217
    August 21, 2008
    5 Posts

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

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      New Member
      United States
      Member #115177
      August 15, 2011
      12 Posts

      When will i get that lucky :(

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        United States
        Member #52343
        May 21, 2007
        3383 Posts

        When will i get that lucky :(

        Roll Eyesbeen asking my self the same question

          dallascowboyfan's avatar - chi
          United States
          Member #82389
          November 12, 2009
          6371 Posts

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

            sully16's avatar - sharan
            Dr.President Elect
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            October 28, 2009
            89503 Posts

            Congrats to the winner , Enjoy !

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              konane's avatar - wallace
              Atlanta, GA
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              Member #1265
              March 13, 2003
              6603 Posts

              Congratulations Brian McCarthy!  WTG!  Party

              Have fun and the best of luck to everyone! Sun Smiley

                rdgrnr's avatar - walt
                Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                Member #73902
                April 28, 2009
                14903 Posts

                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"

                                                                                                            --Edmund Burke



                  Republic of Texas
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                  Member #57555
                  January 9, 2008
                  1095 Posts

                  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
                    United States
                    Member #104478
                    January 15, 2011
                    11420 Posts

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

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                      Member #93160
                      June 23, 2010
                      3141 Posts

                      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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                        Member #60282
                        April 12, 2008
                        3857 Posts

                        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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                          Member #66139
                          October 16, 2008
                          1998 Posts

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

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                            cum on 108 6338