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Washington Man Claims Half of $380 million Mega Millions Jackpot

For Immediate Release: 1/7/2011

Jim McCullar of Ephrata, WA on Jan. 6, 2011 claimed his half of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot from the Jan. 4, 2011 drawing.

The 68-year-old retired Boeing employee collected his $190 million prize during a press conference in Olympia, WA. His ticket was one of two that matched all five white ball numbers and the yellow Mega Ball to split the $380 million jackpot: the other ticket was sold in Idaho and no winner has stepped forward there yet. The $380 million prize was the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game's history. The largest jackpot of $390 million was won in 2007.

McCullar purchased his ticket, using his and his wife Carolyn's birthdates for the numbers, at a Safeway in Ephrata. After taxes, the lump sum cash payout for McCullar's win is $90 million. The couple, who have been married for 41 years, plan to use their winnings to benefit their six children and 23 grandchildren.

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