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Henderson man claims $1 million Mega Millions prize on his birthday

Posted November 16, 2012

— A Vance County man received the ultimate birthday present Thursday – a $1 million Mega Millions prize.

David Whitmore of Henderson said he plans to use his winnings from the Nov. 13 drawing to pay off his mortgage, pay his bills and maybe take a cruise.

"This evening I'm going to a concert with my kids," Whitmore said Thursday. "I haven't told them yet, so I may pick them up in a limo as a surprise."

Whitmore purchased the winning ticket at the 39 Pit Stop on N.C. Highway 29 in Henderson. Whitmore's winnings are worth $680,000 after taxes. The odds of winning the $1 million prize are one in 3.9 million.

Whitmore's win was the second $1 million prize from North Carolina in the past three drawings. The first winning ticket was from the Nov. 6 drawing, and the winner, Queenester Newman from Sampson County, claimed her prize on Tuesday.


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  • pupper31 Nov 16, 2012

    Lucky man!:) Congrats to you!!!:)

  • chynagurl2003 Nov 16, 2012


    I agree with you. Congratulations to this man on his winings and Happy Birthday!

  • Common_Sensey Nov 16, 2012

    "Goodness, can you political people just leave it alone and say congrats for once?"

    No way, political talk is too much fun, especially when Conservatives are usually right on matters of finance. On matters of society/social issues...ehh not so much. Just one reason more and more people are leaning Liberarian...a compromise.

  • bunnie Nov 16, 2012

    Why bring politics into this?!?! Just be happy for him and keep it moving.

    Congratulations!!! Happy Birthday!!!

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 2012

    and say congrats for once?


    Well he should pay off his bill, including buying a house. He just should not blow the money away. What they are saying here is all good. Your point is?

  • HopingForABetterWorld Nov 16, 2012

    Goodness, can you political people just leave it alone and say congrats for once?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 16, 2012

    Congratulation! I wish it was me. Then again, maybe I better buy me a ticket and hope I have the big winner.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Nov 16, 2012

    Pay off your bills first...then go on the cruise.

  • ohmygosh Nov 16, 2012

    $320,000 to the taxing authorities. The joys of a graduated tax system.

  • dollibug Nov 16, 2012

    WOW....what a nice birthday present for him to enjoy...