WASHINGTON, Georgia — A married couple who own an auto-repair shop said they have the winning ticket for a $130 million lottery jackpot, the second-largest prize in Georgia history.
“We’re just glad the good Lord gave it to us and we plan to put it to good use,” Margaret Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her husband, James, said he hopes to build a place for the local Shriners to meet and raise money for Shriners hospitals.
The couple, who said they bought the ticket Tuesday, had not officially claimed the winnings by Wednesday night.
The richest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history was the $314.9 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas Day 2002. The previous lottery record in Georgia was $150 million in 2003.
The Mega Millions lottery began in May 2002. The participating states are Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Texas. The District of Columbia also participates.
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