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Raleigh man wins $250,000 in Mega Millions drawing

Posted July 31, 2012

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— A clinical social worker from Raleigh has claimed $250,000 from a Mega Millions drawing held earlier this year, officials with the North Carolina Education Lottery announced Tuesday.

Eliezer Vazquez said he plans to pay off his car and student loans with the money he won in the March 30 drawing.

Vazquez learned of his win the morning after the drawing, when he checked his numbers on the lottery’s website. He purchased the ticket at Kroger on Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

“I wasn’t sure I was seeing it correctly on the screen,” Vazquez said in a statement. “But it finally clicked that I’d won. I’m happy. There’s no other way to describe this feeling.”

Vazquez received a check for $170,002 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

Officials said the North Carolina Education Lottery has raised more than $2.45 billion for education programs statewide. Wake County has received more than $145.8 million in funds.

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  • TipTip Aug 2, 2012

    If this happened in March, why is it news in July? hmmmm, just wondering...

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 31, 2012

    Good for him!

  • scuse2 Jul 31, 2012

    goncampn2, because it is a shell game....the state took funds out of the education budget and replaced it with lottery money so it is basically the same amount as before

  • jotoho99 Jul 31, 2012

    ur tax dollars at work

  • gnucruiser Jul 31, 2012

    "Probably the closest he's come to paying taxes." - Mr Sensible

    Could you explain a little more why you feel this person has never paid taxes?

  • Obamacare Jul 31, 2012

    Why pay off the car loan? It's a depreciating asset. Invest or use some of that $$ as a down payment on a home. Good grief.

  • DivaD Jul 31, 2012

    Congrats!

  • goncampn2 Jul 31, 2012

    "Officials said the North Carolina Education Lottery has raised more than $2.45 billion for education programs statewide. Wake County has received more than $145.8 million in funds."....So why are North Carolina schools failing to provide a good education and pay qualified teachers???

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jul 31, 2012

    Good grief! That is a nice little chunk of change. Lucky man! And congratulations!

    Beth

  • momeeee Jul 31, 2012

    Congratulations Eliezer!