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N.C. man claims Mega Millions lottery jackpot

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Shares millions with his daughters

By Todd Northrop

North Carolina's newest jackpot winners are members of a Greenville, N.C. family who claimed today their half of the Sept. 30 Mega Millions jackpot worth $114 million.

Half of the jackpot, $57 million, goes to James Jones, a retired banker from Greenville. Jones chose the lump sum option rather than the annuity and will receive $42.2 million.

Jones will split the winnings with his two daughters, Allan Jones of Greenville and Kimberly Jones, a high school teacher from Buford, Georgia. After taxes Jones will take home $20 million, while his two daughters will receive $4.3 million each.

Twelve days ago Jones purchased the winning ticket at the Kangaroo Express on Greenville Boulevard.

The jackpot that night was actually $114 million, and a second winning ticket was sold in California. So far that half of the jackpot has not yet been claimed.

"For my family, it will mean the ability to finish the education of our grandchildren and their grandchildren" said James Jones. "For my daughters, it will certainly mean a less stressful financial life and the ability to follow their life ambitions. As for my wife and I, it will certainly not change much in our lives as we now live comfortably and have no needs or want for many more worldly things."

Jones said the family plans to invest and save the money for "future generations" and support worthy charities.

Jones bought five $2 Mega Millions tickets on the Friday afternoon before the drawing was held. He discovered he had matched all five white balls and the Mega ball on Saturday morning.

"Unbelievable," said Jones of the feeling when he discovered his good luck. "It was truly unbelievable. After I had checked enough to convince myself I really had won, it was exciting. And a little bit scary."

The Kangaroo Express has received a $50,000 incentive award for selling the winning ticket.

North Carolina has been lucky in winning jackpots in the nation's two multistate jackpot games — Mega Millions and Powerball. Five jackpots have been won in North Carolina since the N.C. Education Lottery began five years ago. The Jones family's jackpot win was the second in the Mega Millions game since it began here on Jan. 31, 2010. Mike Manheim, a retired businessman from Greensboro, won a $12 million Mega Millions jackpot on May 28, 2010.

The three Powerball jackpot winners were Jackie Alston of Halifax who won $74.5 million in November 2006; Jeff Wilson of Kings Mountain who won $88.1 million in June 2009; and Frank Griffin of Asheville who won $141.4 million in February 2010.

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Posted: October 12, 2011, 4:07 pm - IP Logged

CONGRTATS TO THE WINNER. GOOD DAD TO SHARE WITH HIS DAUGHTERS!Party

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    Posted: October 12, 2011, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

    The one wish for all who play the lottery is to hit. Congrats man, let this money bring endless joy to your family.

    That money's gone fo ever

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      Posted: October 12, 2011, 5:18 pm - IP Logged

      Way to share with the kids.  Congrats.-weshar75

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        Posted: October 12, 2011, 5:45 pm - IP Logged

        "For my family, it will mean the ability to finish the education of our grandchildren and their grandchildren" said James Jones. "For my daughters, it will certainly mean a less stressful financial life and the ability to follow their life ambitions. As for my wife and I, it will certainly not change much in our lives as we now live comfortably and have no needs or want for many more worldly things."

        Pretty much sums it up I guess - I would never voluntarily attend a press conference or have be photographed but this statement sounds like it comes from a very stable couple who really don't need the money.   Hopefully they will invest wisely and continue to have a very nice life. 

        Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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          Posted: October 12, 2011, 5:55 pm - IP Logged

          Congrats ! .................... and for tonite ......................... best wishes to all, but most wishes to Pennsylvania ............... the store that I purchase my tickets, specifically!

          Dance

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            Posted: October 12, 2011, 6:18 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the entire Jones clan!Hurray!DanceBananaWhite BouncePartyHyper

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              Posted: October 12, 2011, 6:20 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats ! .................... and for tonite ......................... best wishes to all, but most wishes to Pennsylvania ............... the store that I purchase my tickets, specifically!

              Dance

              Good luck dpoly1 - bought my PB tickets this afternoonSmash

              So if you hear about a winner from Central Jersey   .......  fingers crossed  ......   it could be me!!! Wink

              Good luck tonightThumbs Up

              Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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                Posted: October 12, 2011, 6:27 pm - IP Logged

                Good luck dpoly1 - bought my PB tickets this afternoonSmash

                So if you hear about a winner from Central Jersey   .......  fingers crossed  ......   it could be me!!! Wink

                Good luck tonightThumbs Up

                Good luck to both of you but uh Delaware's going to win tonight DanceLurking

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                  Posted: October 12, 2011, 6:43 pm - IP Logged

                  Good luck to both of you but uh Delaware's going to win tonight DanceLurking

                  Hey Cow - Good luck to ya!!

                  Wish I could claim my winnings in DEL since they have option to remain anonymous - works perfectly for me.Thumbs Up

                  On second thought, at this point, just wish I could claim jackpot anywhere as long as I have winning numbersJester Laugh

                  Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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                    Posted: October 12, 2011, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                    MILLIONS won by a retired banker, I love it!

                    I hope all the filthy dirtbags protesting on Wall Street hear about this and it drives them insane! LMAO!


                                                                 
                                         
                                                             

                     

                     

                     

                     

                                                                                                                       

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                      Posted: October 12, 2011, 9:01 pm - IP Logged

                      So he bought a 5 dollar quick pick with multiplier?

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                        Posted: October 12, 2011, 10:40 pm - IP Logged

                        Congratulations !!! Party

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                          Posted: October 13, 2011, 12:31 am - IP Logged

                          Congrats to the winner and his family! Love the attitude. Best of luck! Dance

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                            Posted: October 13, 2011, 3:55 am - IP Logged

                            I wish I was the Jones, or at least a daughter of his..