Christmas Comes Early for North Pole Man with Macon Lottery Ticket

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It couldn't be often that gifts are sent to the North Pole.

But that's just what happened when Kenneth Wilson and Sandford Watson of Macon called with good news for their lifelong buddy, James Scoles, who lives in North Pole ...Alaska.

Their good news? He needed to get to Georgia for his share of a $1 million check. 

In the meantime, folks in the Peach State scratched their heads at a growing mystery: Who wins $1 million and doesn't claim it?

Undoubtedly a few people dug through the garbage for their Powerball tickets after lottery officials announced Monday that a ticket with the first five winning numbers in the March 16 drawing had been bought but unclaimed.

The mystery was solved when Wilson, Watson and Scoles stepped forward Thursday afternoon in Atlanta to collect their big check. 

Wilson said he watched the drawing on TV and dialed up his friends and told Scoles it was time to buy a plane ticket. They were going to split the big prize, just as they pledged to do years earlier. 

Scoles says he wasn't surprised at all. In fact, he'd gotten a heads up about the win from a fortune cookie.

"It said, 'You're going to win the lottery,'" Scoles said in a lottery news release.

The winning numbers from the March 16 Powerball drawing were: 3-7-21-44-53 and the Powerball was 16. This winning ticket -- a Quik Pik -- was bought at Jet Food Store #0054, 5588 Ga. Highway 57 in Macon. 

Saturday's jackpot is at an estimated $320 million to a single annuity winner. Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

The information in this story was provided by the Georgia Lottery in two news releases. Lottery officials also released the video below and the photograph attached.



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