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There’s a half-billion-dollar multistate lottery jackpot up for grabs and plenty of folks here in the Triangle are fantasizing how they would spend the money.

The Mega Millions drawing of the nation’s largest-ever lottery jackpot is Friday. Van Denton, a spokesman for the North Carolina Education Lottery, said the jackpot might even be a world record.

Here’s some advice for whoever strikes it rich – Mega Millions rich, that is:

Q: What do I do with the ticket?

A: Before anything else, sign the back of the ticket. That will stop anyone else from claiming your riches if you happen drop it while you’re jumping up and down. Then make a photocopy and lock it in a safe. At the very least, keep it where you know it’s protected. A Rhode Island woman who won a $336 million Powerball jackpot in February hid the ticket in her Bible before going out to breakfast.

Q: What next?


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