CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The husband of West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver came forward Friday to claim the winning $1 million ticket from a December Mega Millions drawing.

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Kanawha County resident Jeff Carver, husband of state Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver, says he waited until the time was right to claim his check.

Belle resident Jeff Carver said he knew a couple of days after the Dec. 17, 2013, drawing that he had won but decided to wait until “the time was right” to claim the prize.

He said he has been keeping the ticket in a safety deposit box.

“The ticket was posted on our refrigerator for two or three days after the drawing before I finally checked my ticket and realized I had the winner,” Carver said Friday.

The governor’s office announced Thursday that Betty Carver would be retiring after 37 years in state government May 31. Jeff Carver said Friday he plans to keep working at the same place he has for 38 years.

“I plan to pay off my children’s student loan debt,” he said.

The West Virginia Lottery has had 105 million-dollar winners in its history.

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  • Mtnman

    COOL beard! Congrats!!!

  • David

    Good for them..

    A million doesn't go hat far is true ..

    They will only get 600k at most of that million..

    • Wowbagger

      And they had better know how to manage it!

  • Pete Turner

    But he only works one day a year, right?
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  • SuzanPauley

    Congratulations Jeff on your winnings and Betty on your retirement. Jeff you might as well retire also!! You've worked long enough. Enjoy life!

  • Jonus Grumby

    Use the power wisely. Congratulations!

  • Dr P

    Does anyone know if he will upgrade his sleigh or reindeer with that $$$?

  • arp

    Good for them! But they're going to discover that a million dollars, after taxes, actually doesn't go that far.

  • Mister G!

    Well, that explains Betty calling it quits...

    • DWL

      I was thinking the very same thing.

  • Pickle Barrel

    Congrats to Jeff! He's a great guy and deserves this bit of good fortune!

  • p B and J

    Glad to hear a winner with the mind to keep on working. Congrats!

    • Thats true

      Millions of little kids all across the world would be very sad if he quit his job.

      • Greg

        LOL. True, but he only works one day a year.