The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


April 11, 2012

Two more step forward to claim $250,000 Mega Millions wins

Story in local newspaper alerts retired fireman to his good luck

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 — RALEIGH – After hearing the big Mega Millions jackpot was won in other states, Wylie A. Turner of Jacksonville left his tickets in his change jar until he picked up his local newspaper four days later to read a headline, “Another big lottery win in Jacksonville.”

“Naw, it couldn’t be me,” thought Turner as he read the story and saw the ticket was purchased at the Piggly Wiggly on Richlands Highway, the same spot he bought some of his tickets. “No way. It couldn’t be me.”

But after Turner got his ticket he discovered he did have the ticket the newspaper had written about. His ticket matched all five white balls in the March 30 drawing and won $250,000.

Turner, who worked as a federal fireman for 23 years at Camp Lejeune, received $170,000 after taxes were withheld. He said he planned to use about 30 percent of his winnings on home improvements and possibly a car, 30 percent on bills and mini-vacations, and then donate 40 percent to charity and good causes.

“We’re not hoity-toity, but we get along OK,” Turner said. “We have enough to cover our bills. The people of North Carolina helped me win this so I am going to give some back to them.”

A second winner, Ronnie C. Richardson of Zebulon, bought 10 chances at the $640 million jackpot at the Swift Mart on Mashburn Road in Wendell. He said he watched the drawing on TV, saw that none of his tickets had the Mega Ball number, and went to bed.

Then, when he was back at the store, the owner told Richardson that he should check his tickets because someone at his store had won $250,000. When the tickets were checked by the lottery terminal, the winning tune played and up popped the message, “Claim prize at lottery.”

“It was unreal,” said Richardson, a facility manager, of the win. He said he planned to use his winnings, for some home improvement projects.

Text Only
  • NCSU STUDY: Finding the Mix: Solar Cell Efficiency a Delicate Balance

    Research from North Carolina State University reveals that solar cell efficiency is based upon a delicate balance between the size and purity of the interior layers, or domains. These findings may lead to better designs and improved performance in organic solar cells.

    March 30, 2014

  • William Shatner.jpg Shatner, Hogan, Elvira and more prepare for Mad Monster Party

    Prepare to boldly go where no man has gone before.

    March 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • DOT closes roads in Cabarrus due to flooding

    Charlotte - Heavy rains over the last several hours have prompted the N.C. Department of Transportation to temporarily close several roads in Cabarrus County flooded by rising waters. Sections of Rocky River may reach 17 feet and spill over its banks today, while localized flooding is still possible across parts of the Charlotte region through this afternoon.

    March 7, 2014

  • Highlight of Town Creek Under the Stars will be the Moon on March 15

    Mount Gilead – Town Creek Indian Mound will host Town Creek Under Stars on Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Participants will view the nearly full Moon and learn fun moon facts.  The March full moon, called many different things by various American Indian tribes, was an important one in that it marked the end of cold weather and the beginning of spring

    March 3, 2014

  • NCDOT Will Close A Section Of Wilshire Avenue In Cabarrus County For Bridge Replacement

    The N.C. Department of Transportation will temporarily close a section of Wilshire Avenue in Concord at 8 a.m. Saturday, weather permitting. Crews will replace the bridge over Irish Buffalo Creek, requiring the road to remain closed through November 1.

    February 25, 2014

  • Concord Mills adds Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its brand of shopping

    CONCORD – Concord Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in North Carolina, has added Sea Life Charlotte-Concord to its roster of popular retail stores, plus family dining and entertainment options. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord will further solidify Concord Mills’ position as a leading attraction for local shoppers and visitors from across the U.S. and beyond, according to the shopping giant.

    February 20, 2014

  • GRITS: The Musical returns to Wingate University this weekend

    Wingate, N.C. – GRITS: The Musical (Girls Raised In The South) returns to The Batte Center at Wingate University this weekend. Based on southern stories in the book by Deborah Ford, Erica McGee, president of McGee Productions, wrote the script and songs for the musical. The musical premiered at Wingate University in 2008.

    February 18, 2014

  • DENR staff working with utility at site of Dan River spill in Rockingham County

    RALEIGH – Staff with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources have been alerted to a spill of coal ash from a stormwater pipe into the Dan River in Eden and are on-site working with Duke Energy officials to control the spill to protect public health and the environment.

    February 4, 2014

  • Wingate University Singers and Chamber Choir begin winter tour

     Wingate, N.C. – The Wingate University Singers and Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kenney Potter, will be performing concerts around the state. They will perform sacred works from the 18th century as well as the 21st century. Additionally, they will be performing African-American spirituals and South African folk songs.

    February 4, 2014

  • Town Creek Under the Stars will view Neptune and Mercury on Feb. 8

    Mount Gilead – Town Creek Indian Mound will host Town Creek Under Stars on Saturday at 6 p.m.  Participants will view Neptune and Mercury side-by-side in the western sky at sunset.

    February 3, 2014

Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide