Wednesday, June 24, 2009

'Lottery freak' picks winning ticket

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

When does $88.1 million equal $29 million? When you win the lottery. But, hey, Jeff Wilson, a UNC Charlotte alum from Kings Mountain, isn't complaining -- he didn't even have to buy his own ticket. His daddy, Bill Wilson, a self described "lottery freak," has a habit of buying all of his kids tickets. (Wonder if he's looking to adopt?)

What's Jeff going to do with the money? A lot -- in addition to continuing his education. (And, hopefully, fund dad's retirement.)

Wilson, a UNC Charlotte alum who is about to start graduate school in public administration, said he had not slept more than a few hours in the past three days. He said he's not sure how he'll spend the money, but said he had promised a few friends to take them on a vacation to Hawaii.

“It's time to enjoy life a little bit,” he said.

Wilson said the craziest thing he might buy would be a few fast boats. He said he plans to buy a house and a new car. But he said he wants to spend some of the money on worthy causes, such as helping children's hospitals.

He said he's also interested in helping put his nephew through school.

“This is the education lottery, after all,” he said.

That must have been music to the ears of Tom Shaheen, the lottery's executive director, who called Wilson an “ideal winner.”

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