Michigan residents Ralph and Mary Stebbins decided that it would be a good idea to make a difference in their community with their multi- million Mega Millions winning. They said they would start a dental clinic for low-income people in their hometown. Mary added that she also wanted to buy a cow.
In April, 2004, when retired truck driver J. R. Triplett held a press conference following his winning of a $239 million jackpot, his wife Peggy exclaimed in agitation "shop 'til I drop."
In March, 2007, Dalton, Georgia, resident Eddie Nabors shared US biggest lottery prize of $390,000,000 with another ticket holder from New Jersey. His lucky numbers were: 16-22-29-39-42 and the Mega Ball was 20. "A coworker told me that somebody in Dalton won, so I looked it up in the newspaper," Nabors said. "I couldn't believe it. I was numb."
A truck driver for Mohawk Industries, Eddie Nabors has three grown children and six grandchildren. When he was enquired at the headquarters how he wanted to spend his lottery winning, he said: "I'm gonna go fishing". Apparently, Margaret DeFrancisco, CEO of Georgia Lottery, had a pillow on her chair saying "Gone fishing". She gave it to Mr. Nabors to pose for pictures at the press conference where he received his oversized ceremonial cheque. He purchased a new boat afterwards and said he plans to take it "everywhere."
A January, 2005, winner of $130,000,000 jackpot Margaret Jones arrived at Atlanta headquarters in extraordinary way. She hired a whole bus and asked her family, relatives and friends to accompany her. They cheered and celebrated the whole way to Atlanta and then carried on exclaiming congratulations during the press conference when Ms Jones received her cheque.
Stephen Cooke, a Roswell, Georgia, native came to one of the Mega Millions offices in Atlanta to claim his lottery winning following the draw held in November, 2003. As he was doing so he was told that he will share the lottery jackpot with two other players. All of a sudden he realized that it was him who was the second lottery winner. Apparently, he bought two lottery tickets with the same number combination that appeared to be the lucky one. That very day Cooke left Mega Millions office twice, each time with $13,300,000 cheque in the pocket.
Dundalk, Maryland, native Bunky Bartlett shared $330 million Mega Millions prize with few other players in August, 2007. Mr Bartlett became famous because of the way he wanted to spend his lottery winning. As he was working at Mystickal Voyage new age store, he said he would like to help the manager expand the store first. After that, he added, he would start teaching Reiki, a form of Japanese healing.
A US Army officer Stephen Moore serving in South Korea hit a $150,000,000 Mega Millions top prize in September, 2003, while spending his vocation with his family in Fitzgerald, Georgia. You may believe he is a psychic, however, before departing for his 30-day leave he told his friends that he will take the lottery jackpot while staying with his family in the US.
Pat and Dick Warren, Washington's first Mega Millions winners, have donated a significant part of their $93 million lottery winning to charities. Swanson's Market, the store that sold the couple a winning ticket gained a reputation of being lucky. Now customers may spend an hour out of their way to buy lottery tickets from there.
When on the 6th of March, 2007, draw of the largest ever jackpot of $390 million was about to take place, ticket sales in Virginia exceeded 10,500 tickets per minute.
Washington's second jackpot winners emigrated from Laos. The wife was raised in an orphanage and later on adopted by American parents. The couple decided to use part of their lottery winnings to get back to Laos and search for the wife's natural parents.