$107M Lottery Winner Comes Forward

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    Meet a new millionaire from McLean, Va. (Published Thursday, Aug 11, 2011)

    Since July 1, Virginia Lottery has been searching for the holder of the winning Mega Millions ticket.

    On Wednesday, they announced the winner has come forward. The man holding the lucky number was revealed to be 25-year-old Brian McCarthy, of McLean.

    Virginia Lottery presented McCarthy with the prize at the Giant Food store in Herndon where the $107 million winning ticket was sold. The grocery store will get a $50,000 bonus for selling the ticket, too. McCarthy's lump sum payout is about $68.4 million before taxes.

    McCarthy was driving his route for Pepsico and stopped at the Giant to get some cash from an ATM. The lottery ticket machine was right there, so he played five sets of numbers, News4's Aaron Gilchrist reported.

    Not one to run around screaming, when he realized he'd won, he went downstairs to tell his grandmother.

    "I said, 'That's nice, honey, now would you like a grilled cheese sandwich,'" his grandmother said. "The amount was so overwhelming, I really didn't comprehend."

    "And that's the first thing that I did," McCarthy said. "I sat at the table with my grandma and had a grilled cheese."

    McCarthy is having a BMW built for him in Germany. He took his brother to Ireland to golf and is going on an Alaskan cruise with his sister next week.

    McCarthy also plans to look for a new job and invest.

    "It's just gonna be a vehicle for me to do something I'm passionate about in life and help those less fortunate," he said.

    Does that include single women? McCarthy said he is currently single and looking.

    "I think the prospects may have improved a little bit," he said.

    Lottery revenues help fund public education in the state. Lottery officials say this is the seventh Mega Millions jackpot won in Virginia since the game began in 2002.