MBS wins are not as high as this

Think you can win big at MBS? check out this big winner's story.
(source: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-13/lottery-winner-jack-whittakers-losing-ticket)
Jack Whittaker, a 55-year-old contractor from Scott Depot, W. Va., had
worked his way up from backcountry poverty to build a
water-and-sewer-pipe business that employed over 100 people. He was a
millionaire several times over. But when he awoke at 5:45 a.m. on
Christmas morning in 2002, everything he'd built in his life held only
passing significance next to a scrap of paper in his worn leather
wallet—a $1 Powerball lottery ticket bearing the numbers 5, 14, 16,
29, 53, and 7.

Whittaker had purchased his lucky ticket, along with two bacon-stuffed
biscuits, at the C&L Super Serve convenience store in the town of
Hurricane on Dec. 24, 2002. That night, Whittaker went to bed thinking
he'd missed winning the lottery by one digit—only to wake up on
Christmas Day to find that the number had been broadcast incorrectly
and the winning ticket was in his hand. "I got sick at my stomach, and
I just was [at] a loss for words and advice," he later remembered.
When he returned to the convenience store on Monday, he quietly told
the woman at the cash register he'd won. "No you didn't," she replied.
"You're not excited enough to win the lottery."


The day after Christmas, Whittaker put on his Stetson cowboy hat,
black suit, and white shirt—he always dressed this way—and appeared on
live TV together with his wife Jewel, daughter Ginger, and 15-year-old
granddaughter Brandi Bragg, to accept a check for $10 million from
West Virginia Governor Bob Wise. It was the first portion of a jackpot
that had been building since Halloween. On Christmas Eve, when he
bought the ticket, the prize stood at $280 million. A late surge of
buyers pushed it to $314.9 million, making Whittaker the winner of the
biggest single undivided jackpot in lottery history.

"The very first thing I'm going to do is sit down and make out three
checks to three pastors for 10 percent of this check," Whittaker
announced in a half-hour press conference watched by many citizens of
his state, which, along with 23 others (plus the District of Columbia
and Puerto Rico) is part of the multistate Powerball lottery pool. He
also said he planned to rehire 25 workers he'd laid off before
Christmas and to fund schools and other programs to help West
Virginians better themselves. "Seventeen million in the state of West
Virginia will really do good for the poor," he said.


Days after hitting the jackpot, Jewel and Jack talked to Today's Matt Lauer ...

He also had his eye on a helicopter and wanted to send his wife Jewel
on a trip to Israel. Bragg, his granddaughter, a beautiful girl with
blonde hair, hazel eyes, and her grandfather's broad smile, said she
wanted to meet the rap star Nelly and buy a custom blue Mitsubishi
Eclipse.

Whittaker's good fortune was immediate and contagious. Larry Trogdon,
who owned the C&L, got $100,000 from the lottery for selling the
winning ticket. The state would receive approximately $11 million for
school and senior-citizen programs from the 6.5 percent tax bite it
levied on Whittaker's prize. Whittaker told the biscuit lady at the
C&L to pick out a new Jeep, gave her a check for $44,000, and then
bought her a house worth $123,000 more. He also made good on his
promise to help the poor: He donated $7 million to build two new
churches and set up the Jack Whittaker Foundation with an initial
grant of $14 million for the purpose of aiding the needy. The
Foundation gave money to improve a Little League park and buy
playground equipment and coloring books for children. It was also able
to help with some of the thousands of requests for aid of every kind
that poured in from across the state.

Yet there was something about Whittaker's lottery winnings that felt
different from the money he'd earned as a businessman. "I've had to
work for everything in my life," he said at that first press
conference. "This is the first thing that's ever been given to me."

The state announced Whittaker had won $314.9 million—it said so right
on the giant check they gave him on TV—but Whittaker never saw
anything near that amount of money. Instead of taking annual
installments over 29 years, he chose a one-time payout of
$113,386,407.77. After taxes, he was left with about $93 million,
approximately 30 percent of the sum reported in the newspapers and
advertised by Powerball. The false impression left by reports of
Whittaker's record win was nevertheless a powerful lure for West
Virginians to keep playing a lottery in which their chances of winning
were negligible. (Where New York and Massachusetts, the two biggest
lottery-playing states, take a mere 34 percent and 20 percent of the
pot from their winners, West Virginia takes a full 41.5 percent.)