Recently retired North Carolina woman wins a million

RALEIGH, N.C. – Deanna Sanders, a retired housekeeper from Graham, North Carolina has had her future retirement plans boosted with a million dollar prize from the multi state draw game, Mega Millions.

Ms Sanders win is the first of its kind after a new feature of the N.C. Education Lottery’s Mega Millions game was added. Ms Sanders purchased a $2 Megaplier ticket, meaning that the usual $250,000 she would have won with a regular ticket after matching all five numbers multiplied her prize to $1 million.

The North Carolina Lottery announced in a news release that since October 5th, all playerswho purchase a $2 Megaplier ticket and match all five white balls automatically win $1 million.

“I did cry,” said Deanna Sanders of the moment she realized she’d won. “But besides crying, I don’t think I really felt anything. Scared. Because that is a lot of responsibility.”

Sanders said in the lottery news release that she planned to use a portion of her winnings, worth $680,000 after taxes, to pay bills.

The store where Sanders bought the winning ticket will also get a $10,000 bonus incentive for selling the $1 million winning ticket.

The winning numbers drawn in Mega Millions on 16th November were 1, 26, 27, 39 and 46. The Mega Ball was 21.



Published: November 23, 2010

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