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Knightdale Man Wins $1 Million Lotto Prize

Posted July 16, 2007

— A Knightdale man claimed a $1 million payout from the North Carolina Education Lottery Monday.

Glenn Jackson, 62, a retired heating and air-conditioning repairman, let the computer pick his numbers for Saturday's drawing at Paul's Cash Grocery at 7301 Poole Road in Raleigh.

Anna Jackson, his wife, said she confirmed the winning numbers by looking in the newspaper, online and calling a local retailer. She found that her husband had multiplied his winnings by choosing the Power Play feature.

"I knew matching numbers had to win something," said Anna Jackson.

Glenn Jackson said he will save some money, pay his bills and "enjoy" the rest of his winnings.

The Jacksons claimed their prize at the NCEL headquarters Monday morning.

Brenda Olinger of Apex also won $10,000 in Saturday's drawing.


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  • 3potato4 Jul 18, 2007

    Awesome. Looks like the party will be at Glenn's house. ;) Hope they have a good time with the money.

  • Outlaw Subdivision 4-wheelers Jul 18, 2007

    Partly right. Unemployment insurance doesn't come from the employee at all. Only the employer is required to pay it and they eat the cost. The grey area comes about because when certain state wide conditions are met our state also gives 'breaks' to the companies of 50%. During these times I 'THINK' that only part of the money is funded by companiesand the other part is funded by the state. Even if not I also 'THINK' that companies deduct the cost of unemployment insurance from their taxes so one way or the other a portion of unemployment comes from or helps lower the general tax fund. It is a very complicated system so I have not learned everything. In addition part of my opinion is based on the fact that someone unemployed as long as this person claimed to be was probably living on other taxed based systems also. I could be wrong however. I myself closed out all of my retirement accounts instead of living off the states dime. And you can bet I never bought any lottery tickets.

  • NCTeacher Jul 17, 2007

    That is my point Outlaw. If unemplyment is funded by the employer and the money taken out of the former employee's paychecks- then it shouldn't be any skin of anyone else's back. When someone wins an unemployment claim, the employment insurance the employer has to pay becomes extremely high. It was my impression that unemplyment funds came from that and not taxes. Please correct me if I am wrong because I genuinely would like to know that.

    Welfare checks and such I view alot differently and I agree with those not being spent on frivolous things.

  • Outlaw Subdivision 4-wheelers Jul 17, 2007

    "why do you care so much what they spend their money on??"

    My last job made me a 1099 independant contractor (Self Employed). Because of that when I got laid off I didn't qualify for unemployment. I guess I am agravated that "their" free money from the system is buying lottery tickets while I was told tough luck and forced to sell all may assets to survive.

    My opinion (and I know what they say about those) is that if your financial status make you incapable of living without receiving federal/state assistance then you have no right to spend that money on a lottery ticket. And yes that opinion does apply to anything else frivolous as well. I also understand that technically unemployment is an insurance system funded primarily by an employee's company.

  • NCTeacher Jul 17, 2007

    It is nice to finally here about someone local winning the big money from the lottery! Congratulations to Mr. Jackson and his wife.

    As to people spending their unemployment checks on lottery tickets- why do you care so much what they spend their money on?? If they want to spend $100 on lottery tickets instead of groceries, that is on them.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Jul 17, 2007

    Lucky him.

  • djofraleigh Jul 17, 2007

    Hey, I stop at that store, and that guy bought my ticket. See, if I played, I might have gotten that ticket!

    The lottery is a tax. The legal case is strong.

    We agree the alcohol tax is a tax. Oh, you don't have to buy a bottle, but if you do, you have to pay the tax. There is NO legal place to buy alcohol except from the government.

    There is no legal place to buy a lottery ticket other than the state. Why, private enterprise could offer a lot better odds than the state, but the state won't allow them to do so. By having the monopoly on lotteries, the state should have enacted the lottery as a tax, over three days, instead of the hook and crook of Jim Black, plus the acts of Beverly Perdue, assemblymen Brown and Garwood, et al.

    All the legislature has to do is end this current EDUCATIONAL lottery, vote again, lawfully this time, and do the contracts again. Hey, they can get the gambling industry to give money to non-profits again, and maybe in restrooms, too.

  • ty will belabor a point Jul 17, 2007

    The lottery is absolutely a tax on the stupid. You are correct it's voluntary but it's still a money maker for the state and it's generally improperly spent. Personally I'm all for it but I'd love to see my tax burden reduced. Will that happen? No.

  • Outlaw Subdivision 4-wheelers Jul 17, 2007

    I am not going to argue one way or the other about is it a tax or not. But here are a few thoughts. One recent winner was so happy that they won because they had been unemployed for a while. They then went on to talk about how many tickets thay had bought which from memory was close to $100 a month. Forgive me if I have a problem with people with no income spending their unemployment check on lottery tickets. Even the recent Raffle that the state brags about having the best chances ever of winning (1 in 125,000) if you do the math the odds of winning ANYTHING is 0.0008% Which means a 99.9992 percent chance you will lose! My problem with the lottery is that the advertisers want to push you into thinking you have these great chances of winning when in reality most never do. Now I am not bashing the lottery alone. I am bashing the American system of living on debt and how it is totally acceptable today to own nothing and owe everything just to keep up with the jones'.

  • headlong Jul 17, 2007