Retired man claims $12m Mega Millions jackpot

GREENSBORO, N.C. – An 82-year-old retired businessman from Greensboro is the winner of the first Mega Millions jackpot from North Carolina.

The winning ticket worth $12 million that went unclaimed for more than a month has eventually been claimed by Mike Manheim.

Mike Manheim won the jackpot May 28 and claimed his prize Wednesday. He opted for a one-time lump sum payment, which reduces the $12million prize to a total of $7.8 million.

Lottery officials said that the winner,has been playing since 2006, along with his wife Faye.

Manheim bought the ticket for the May 28 Mega Millions jackpot and matched all five numbers and the Mega Ball.

The couple said they plan to use the money to invest in the stock market and visit their children across the country in an a recreational vehicle.

North Carolina joined the Mega Millions multistate lottery game in January. Manheim is the first North Carolina player to win a Mega Millions jackpot.

Published: July 8, 2010

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