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January 25, 2013

Childhood friends split $250,00 lottery win

DALTON, Ga. —  

The four golfing buddies had formed a compact a couple of years ago – if one won the lottery all would share in the proceeds.

Two years later, the agreement paid off handsomely. Michael Jinright, a 49-year old accountant, won $250,000 during a Mega Millions draw. “I’m still in disbelief,” Jinright said. “My friends are still ecstatic and in disbelief."

It was determined that Jinright would get $100,000 and his high school friends would divvy up the rest.

The group had participated in a real estate venture that didn’t work out as they’d hoped. "Things were getting bad financially for us all with our real estate project going the way it was," jinright said. "Now things are good. Well, better anyways. This is really going to help take care of some debt.”

Jinright recalled that he checked his numbers the morning after the draw. “It was just a quick pick that day,” Jinright said with a laugh. “I checked the results on my cellphone. I check every morning ... The (gas station) clerk started screaming, and I did too. It’s going to be a good year. It’ll be great.”

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Details for this story were provided by The Dalton (Ga.) Citizen.

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