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STALLINGS, NC (AP) – A North Carolina couple has stepped forward just in time to claim their $1 million in the Mega Millions game.

Raleigh Hill said he discovered that his $2 Megaplier ticket matched all five white balls, earning him and his wife an automatic $1 million prize a couple of weeks after the Aug. 20 drawing. The couple claimed their prize on Tuesday at NC Educatiom Lottery headquarters.

Hill said he waited about two or three weeks more to tell his wife until she came home at the end of a bad day. Before claiming the prize, he hid the ticket and lost track of it, only to remember he’d hidden it in a shoebox in a closet.

After taxes, the two received $340,000 each. The Hills had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to claim their prize.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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