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    Default $116.5 million before taxes, or more than $80 million after.

    == So who bought a ticket? ==

    DALTON, Ga. - A Georgia truck driver stepped forward Wednesday to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. "I'm going to do a lot of fishing," Ed Nabors, 52, of Rocky Face, Ga., about 90 miles north of Atlanta, said in a deep Southern drawl.

    The other winning ticket in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing was sold at a liquor store in New Jersey, and the holder did not immediately come forward.

    Nabors bought his ticket when he stopped in for his weekly cup of coffee at a convenience store in Dalton — the self-proclaimed "Carpet Capital of the World" — near a carpet mill run by his employer, Mohawk Industries.

    He said he didn't learn he had won until 9 a.m. — about 10 hours after the numbers were announced — when his co-workers told them that someone bought the winning ticket in Dalton.

    "I'm still numb," he said.

    He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual installments, and will get $116.5 million before taxes, or more than $80 million after.

    Nabors said he wants to buy a house for his daughter, who has wanted to move out of her mobile home for a long time, and plans to keep working — "at least two more days."

    Nabors' mother, Doris, said the whole family was in shock.

    "We just can't believe it. He was shaking so hard they sent him home from work," she said from the door of the rural home she shares with her son. An American flag waved over a patch of daffodils, and a small camper and fishing boat were parked outside.

    The winning numbers were announced in New York's Times Square, where the 12 participating Mega Millions states agreed to move the drawing from Atlanta after the jackpot hit $355 million. Even though the temperature was just 16 degrees, a few hopefuls showed up to watch the drawing.

    The winning numbers were 16-22-29-39-42, with the Mega Ball 20. The odds of hitting the winning combination: 1 in 176 million.

    The previous largest lottery jackpot in the U.S. was $365 million in 2006, when eight workers at a Nebraska meatpacking plant won the Powerball drawing. The Big Game, the forerunner of Mega Millions, paid out a $363 million jackpot in 2000.

    Mega Millions tickets are sold in California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington state.
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    The winning New Jersey ticket wasn't mine by the way.

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    How many lottery winners are complete basket cases within 5 years? These freakishly monsterous winnings destroy lives. I really feel sorry for the guy. I hope he can make it through this without it leading to his own self-destruction. Good luck Ed Nabors (you're gonna need it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie View Post
    How many lottery winners are complete basket cases within 5 years? These freakishly monsterous winnings destroy lives. I really feel sorry for the guy. I hope he can make it through this without it leading to his own self-destruction. Good luck Ed Nabors (you're gonna need it).
    well i would like to know
    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    Damn.... I only missed by 5 numbers. :
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie View Post
    How many lottery winners are complete basket cases within 5 years? These freakishly monsterous winnings destroy lives. I really feel sorry for the guy. I hope he can make it through this without it leading to his own self-destruction. Good luck Ed Nabors (you're gonna need it).
    He has no idea how many friends he has now. I bet he changes his number tomorrow.

    I hope his real friends remain, and his loved ones don't turn against him.

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    Both tickets were on the wrong coast.
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    i think he'll be just fine... i know i would be... and i wouldn't work those extra two days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phatie View Post
    How many lottery winners are complete basket cases within 5 years? These freakishly monsterous winnings destroy lives. I really feel sorry for the guy. I hope he can make it through this without it leading to his own self-destruction. Good luck Ed Nabors (you're gonna need it).
    Lottery winners or mighty rock-n-roll stars, what's the difference? How much trouble can $80 mill really cause??
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    Quote Originally Posted by InTheBeginning View Post
    Lottery winners or mighty rock-n-roll stars, what's the difference? How much trouble can $80 mill really cause??



    Lemme find out...
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    You could give me a billion dollars and ill be just fine. I bet these insta-rich people were morons before they got lucky, that would explain their difficulties.

    If you believe winning millions of dollars will solve all your problems you dont deserve the millions of dollars. You can bet your ass it will solve one problem nearly all of us share, paying the bills! All of your other issues, your on your own.

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    I lost my lottery ticket. Maybe the other one from Jersey is mine?!

    Oh, wait. I've never been to Jersey.

    I saw a profile of one lottery winner on CNN yesterday. For all the bad stories you hear, this was a good one. This guy (I think he won around $130 million) was somewhere in his 30s when he won it (just a couple years ago). He paid off his $125,000 mortgage. He gives his family $12,000 each at Christmas.

    And best of all, what he has done is invest around $100 million. If the world doesn't end and his investments perform as usually, he'll be a billionaire in 12 years. That is what his goal was as soon as he won the lottery, to become a billionaire.

    What a life.

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    No one but family would ever know I won the lottery because my lawyer and accountant would pickup the check. I would setup accounts for family with one time deposits made for them to do with it what they want after I paid off their mortgages and it would be understood that's it with the stipulation that they could not tell where the money came from. I'd payoff my bills and invest the rest according to my accountant and I would most definitely work a day or two after I won so I could gloat.

 

 

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