$390 million Mega Millions Jackpot Winners from New Jersey and Georgia
19th March 2007 10:50 AM
Elaine and Harold Messner from New Jersey and Eddie Nabors from Georgia have claimed the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in the history of the game worth $390 million for the drawing on March 6th. The New Jersey couple retired immediately on finding about their win and Eddie also skipped work when he found out that he was now a millionaire. The players are still coming to terms with the record win and are making plans for the future.
Elaine and Harold Messner
The couple expressed their gratitude when speaking about their big win, saying, “We feel very fortunate and blessed.” Harold, aged 57, worked as a general contractor and he purchased the winning ticket at a liquor store in Cape May County, not far from where the couple reside. He opted for a Quick Pick ticket and after realizing they had won, the couple couldn’t sleep. “I checked the last number twice, called for my wife and told her we won,” said Harold.
The couple have not fully decided what they will spend the winnings on, but a portion of the winnings will go towards their retirement. “This is that early retirement we’ve always dreamed of. Now we can do all those things we said we would do once we retired,” commented Harold.
Elaine and Harold will receive $116.5 million before taxes. You can find out how much tax you would pay if you won the Mega Millions jackpot on the Taxes page.
The second winning ticket was purchased by Eddie Nabors, a 52-year-old truck driver from Georgia. "I'm still numb," Eddie admitted about winning $116.5 million. Eddie purchased his ticket from a convenience store in Dalton, the same store where he buys his weekly cup of coffee.
Eddie found out that he had won the morning after the drawing and was completely stunned. His mother, Doris Nabors, commented, “"He was shaking so hard they sent him home from work.” "We just can't believe it," said Doris.
Eddie chose the cash lump-sum of $116.5 million before taxes, instead of the full value of the jackpot, paid out in annual instalments. He wants to buy a home for his daughter with the winnings and added, “I’m going to do a lot of fishing.”
The winning numbers for the Mega Millions drawing on March 6th were 16, 22, 29, 39, 42 and the Mega Ball number was 20. The latest numbers are available shortly after each drawing on the Mega Millions Numbers page. Make sure to check back after tomorrow’s drawing to see if you’re a winner.
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