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US trucker scoops $239m lotto win
Lottery winners Peggy and JR Triplett
The odds of winning were one in more than 135 million
A US truck driver has won $239m in the Mega Millions lottery, but declared it was "no big thing".

JR Triplett waited six weeks to collect his winnings - the world's second largest undivided jackpot.

He said he bought five tickets from a shop near his home in Virginia, and realised he had won a day after the 20 February draw.

"Sweetheart, I've got those numbers," he told his wife Peggy - who "got down on her knees and thanked the Lord".

She told reporters she planned to "shop till I drop".

But Mr Triplett said: "It didn't excite me all that much."

The couple, who have been married for 35 years, said they might invest in property, but had not made big plans.

The world's largest individual lottery win was $314.9m won by Jack Whittaker of West Virginia on Christmas Eve 2002.

The BBC's Daniel Boettcher
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