RALEIGH – Devlien Bullock of Greensboro plans to use the $250,000 prize he won playing Mega Millions to purchase a new home for his family. He matched all five white balls but not the yellow Mega Ball in the May 10 drawing.
Bullock was in his car on Saturday morning when he checked his numbers on his smartphone.
“I was just in disbelief,” Bullock said. “This comes at a really great time for me and my family.”
After taxes were withheld, Bullock received a check worth $170,005. The ticket was purchased at the Street Corner kiosk in Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh.
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is the largest of 2013, an estimated $170 million if taken as an annuity or $126.7 million if taken as a lump sum. The jackpot has rolled since the March 12 drawing when a player from Ohio matched all six numbers and won $41 million.
Ticket sales for games such as Mega Millions have enabled the lottery to raise more than $2.8 billion for education initiatives statewide. Since the lottery began through June 30, 2012, Guilford County education programs received more than $127.6 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries in grades K-3, school construction, prekindergarten programs for at-risk four-year-olds, and need-based college scholarships and financial aid.