Couple claim $1m MegaMillions prize just hours before expiry

Couple claim $1m MegaMillions prize just hours before expiryCouple claim $1m MegaMillions prize just hours before expiry

RALEIGH, NC – A couple from North Carolina have finally claimed a $1m MegaMillions prize, months after purchasing the ticket and just a day before it was set to expire.

Raleigh Hill bought the winning ticket last summer. The state lottery agency said Mr. Hill and his wife came to the lottery headquarters on Tuesdsay to finally claim their million dollar win.

Hill said he only realized a couple of weeks after the Aug. 20 drawing that his ticket matched all five white balls. He waited two or three more weeks to tell his wife, until she came home at the end of a bad day.

Hill told the state lottery he hesitated to come in because of the attention. He also revealed that at one point he had lost track of the ticket before finding where he’d hidden it in a shoe box.

The couple opted for the lump sum cash option meaning they receive $680,000 after state and federal taxes were taken.Hill is a baggage handler and his wife, Erin Hill, works for the federal government.

Published: February 18, 2011

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