Someone could be walking around Wilkes County right now with a lottery ticket worth $250,000.
According to the website for Mega Millions, a game offered as part of the North Carolina Education Lottery, one of North Carolina’s two latest winning Mega Millions tickets was sold at the JP Wilkesboro (Sav-Mor) convenience store on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro.
Mike Bollinger, a police officer and emergency medical technician from Maiden, won $250,000 on one of the two Mega Millions tickets. After 25 percent taken out for federal taxes and 7 percent for state taxes, Bollinger took home $170,000.
Bollinger bought his ticket at Beach's General Store on N.C. 73 in Stanley.
Bollinger’s ticket was one of two sold in North Carolina that matched all five white balls in the Feb. 10 drawing, beating odds of one in 3.9 million.
The other ticket is the one sold at the Sav-Mor store in Wilkesboro that hasn’t been turned in yet.
Bollinger's ticket and the one sold in Wilkesboro were winners in a drawing held Feb. 10.
Van Denton, media spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery said a person with a winning ticket has 180 days to claim cash winnings. Any winnings totaling $100,000 or more must be claimed in person in Raleigh.