Two Brothers Win $82.5 Million Mega Millions Jackpot


 When Tucker “T. J.” Adcock of Buckingham realized that the Mega Millions ticket in his hand was a jackpot winner, he went straight to his brother, Bernard Adcock of Appomattox to show him.

“I think we have a problem,” he said.  “I think we hit the numbers last night.  What do we do now?”

The two had often purchased tickets together, but had never had a “problem” like this.  The ticket matched all six numbers in the Friday, August 31, 2007 Mega Millions drawing.  Those winning numbers were 8-18-22-40-44 and the Mega Ball number was 11.  Tucker selected those numbers because they had been on a previous ticket of his – one that had been generated using the Easy Pick function.  The numbers had not won anything the first time, but this time they won the jackpot!

The jackpot for the August 31 drawing was $330 million – the second highest ever for Mega Millions.  The Adcocks’ ticket was one of four nationwide to match all six numbers, so each of those four tickets won one-fourth of the jackpot: $82.5 million.

“This is the second largest jackpot ever awarded by the Virginia Lottery,” said Virginia Lottery Executive Director Sheila Hill-Christian.  “It is also the second Mega Millions jackpot won in Virginia within just a three month period. Virginia is on a roll.”

The winning ticket was purchased at Duck’s Corner Food & Gas in Buckingham.  On Thursday, September 13, the brothers returned to the store to claim their prize from Ms. Hill-Christian.  They will split $3,173,000 (before taxes) each year for the next 26 years.  The store receives a $50,000 retailer bonus for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

Bernard is a retired corrections lieutenant. Tucker, who works three jobs, said he intends to keep on working, but is scaling back to just two jobs.

From the time that jackpot began growing in July until the drawing on August 31, a total of 33.6 million Mega Millions tickets were sold in Virginia.  So that jackpot run raised more than $13.4 million for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

Since 1999, all Virginia Lottery profits have been designated solely to K-12 public school education in the Commonwealth. In that time, the Lottery has turned over more than $3.4 billion for Virginia’s public schools, currently representing about 7 percent of annual state funding for public education in Virginia.  In nearly 19 years of existence, the Lottery has awarded more than $10 billion in prizes to players and more than $1 billion in retailer commissions.  

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