Triad Lottery Winners Tell Us What They Learned From Hitting The Jackpot

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Greensboro, NC--  Two Greensboro couples talk to News 2 about what it's really like to win the lottery.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

You probably have a list in your mind of things you would like to do, items you would purchase, debt or loans you would pay off.

That's all up to your imagination, but what's it really like?

In the midst of America's Powerball craze, News 2's Liz Crawford talked to two Greensboro couples who can tell you what it's really like.

Jimmie and Susan Phelps won $155,721 on November 13, 2012. At first they were shocked and ecstatic, but Susan said the couple started to feel anxious about what to do next.

"I always thought we would jump up and down with joy and be very very excited and that's not what happened at all. It was very surprising reaction, almost a sense of anxiety, a sense of ok, now what?," said Susan.

Jimmie added, "Deciding what you want to spend it on, you know. Should I do this? Should I do that? You know. That's probably the biggest con."

Mike Manheim was a big winner in May 2010. He and his wife, Faye won $12-million.

Read: Greensboro Mega Million Winners Six Months Later

Manheim told News 2 that life is good. He pretty much has all he wants. The couple bought a motor home to drive around the country and visit friends and family. They also purchased a home in Florida.

Manheim said there are times when people like distant relatives and former friends will write him letters or ask to borrow money. He also gets calls and letters from all different companies requesting that he invest in their company.

The NC Education Lottery told News 2 that since the lottery started, there have been 201 Triad winners to win over $100,000. There have been 52 Triad winners to win over $500,000.

WFMY News 2, NC Education Lottery

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