Couple Claims $1M Lotto Ticket at Last Minute

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Imagine finding out that you have a winning lottery ticket.  Most people would quickly redeem their winnings, but that wasn't the case for one North Carolina couple.

Erin and Raleigh Hill of Stallings, N.C., held on to their Mega Millions ticket one day before it was set to expire.
   
Raleigh purchased the ticket on Aug. 20, but waited several weeks before informing his wife that the ticket was a winner. She wanted him to claim the prize immediately. He wanted to wait.
    
The main reason for the delay?  Raleigh said he didn't want the attention that comes along with winning a million dollars.  

"When she brought the subject up, I'd always say, 'We'll talk about it,'" Raleigh Hill said Tuesday, according to a statement from the North Carolina Education Lottery.

"It wasn't about the money," he explained. "It was the attention, the hoopla. You cannot describe it. I was overwhelmed. Nervous."
        
To keep the ticket safe, Raleigh hid it in different places around his house and even at work. At one point he thought he had lost it, but then remembered he hid it in a shoebox.
    
After paying the taxes on their winnings, the couple took home around $640,000.

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