North Carolina couple claims $1M lottery ticket

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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.

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    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.

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