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SoCal family claims $112M Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Mega MillionsMega Millions: SoCal family claims $112M Mega Millions lottery jackpot

A Southern California family claimed their winning ticket Wednesday in the $112 million Mega Millions lottery drawing.
Robert Stafford and his adult children, Robert Jr. and Cynthia, said they bought a $2 quick-pick ticket from a Hawthorne market for Friday night's drawing.

Their purchase became the fifth winning Mega Millions ticket sold in California.

"I'm just so excited, I'm happy. It's a dream come true," Cynthia Stafford said with a wide smile and a giggle.

The family chose to take a cash prize of approximately $67 million and split it, California Lottery officials said.

Cynthia Stafford said she planned to use some of the money to start college funds for four nieces and nephews she adopted after her youngest brother was killed in a car accident.

"I'm going to put it to good use," she said.

The winning numbers were 28, 30, 33, 48, and 54. The Mega Ball number was 25.

AP

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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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Posted: May 19, 2007, 11:29 am - IP Logged

WOW~~~ Only spend $2 = $112 million.  Dreams can come true.

 

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    justxploring's avatar - villiarna
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    Posted: May 19, 2007, 11:37 am - IP Logged

    Congrats to the winners!!  In Florida only one person can claim the lottery prize.  AFAIK, if you split the prize, there is some heavy duty gift tax to pay.  A trust can be created, but then the prize needs to be claimed by the trust before any money exchanges hands.  I am not an accountant or an attorney, but I read a lot of stories where the winner says "I plan to buy my daughter a house" and similar statements and wonder if these people are aware of the stiff tax penalties.  I have no idea what the laws are in CA regarding lottery prizes, but gift tax is federal.  As always, comments by more knowledgable members (or those who are guessing too!) are welcome.

    Still, let me win a jackpot and worry about sharing later.  Smiley

      starchild_45's avatar - spherewall2
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      Posted: May 19, 2007, 1:32 pm - IP Logged

      well my dream is over. i have to start dreaming again.

        JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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        Posted: May 19, 2007, 2:24 pm - IP Logged

        Here is a video clip of winners.

         

        http://cbs2.com/topstories/local_story_136214003.html

         

        They are keeping their day jobs and helping friends in need. 

          MADDOG10's avatar - smoke
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          Posted: May 19, 2007, 5:01 pm - IP Logged

          Good for them...! I wish all works out for them as they become accustomed to their new lifestyle....

                                                                    Your Best Teacher, is Your First Mistake.

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            Posted: May 19, 2007, 6:39 pm - IP Logged

            I'm always happy to see the jackpot won by a good person - the sister din't HAVE to raise her deceased brother's kids, after all.

             I know, plenty of not-so-nice people can and do win, too.  It's just that one gets the feeling that the money will get used to help a lot of people, not just the direct recipeint.

             

            Though I hope she isn't truly "spoiling" the kids as she alluded to in one of the articles.

            I wanna die in my sleep - like my grandfather. 

            Not screaming and yelling - like the passengers in his car. Confused


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              Posted: May 19, 2007, 10:29 pm - IP Logged

              Congratulations to California and the Stafford family taking home cash value. I hope they don't have financial problems later in life.

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                Posted: May 20, 2007, 1:54 am - IP Logged

                Congrats to the winners!!  In Florida only one person can claim the lottery prize.  AFAIK, if you split the prize, there is some heavy duty gift tax to pay.  A trust can be created, but then the prize needs to be claimed by the trust before any money exchanges hands.  I am not an accountant or an attorney, but I read a lot of stories where the winner says "I plan to buy my daughter a house" and similar statements and wonder if these people are aware of the stiff tax penalties.  I have no idea what the laws are in CA regarding lottery prizes, but gift tax is federal.  As always, comments by more knowledgable members (or those who are guessing too!) are welcome.

                Still, let me win a jackpot and worry about sharing later.  Smiley

                How any given lottery makes payments and who owns the ticket are separate issues. Just because a particular lottery will only write a check to one person doesn't mean a ticket can't have multiple owners. Taxes are based on ownership of the ticket, which determines ownership of the prize.

                If you give somebody a share of a $2 lottery ticket there are no gift tax implications since the value is well below the $12k threshold. The story suggests that the family bought the ticket jointly, and that everyone was therefore an equal owner.

                  MissNYC's avatar - diva
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                  Posted: May 20, 2007, 9:36 am - IP Logged

                  That's a perfect example of how you don't need to spend tons of money to win. Just believe in your dream, and it will come true :-)

                  "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

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                    wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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                    Posted: May 20, 2007, 9:38 am - IP Logged

                    Another one for the QuikPick! Congrats to the lucky winners!

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                      Posted: May 21, 2007, 1:50 am - IP Logged

                      That's a perfect example of how you don't need to spend tons of money to win. Just believe in your dream, and it will come true :-)

                      Really? There are a lot of people who see lottery numbers in their dreams and never win the numbers. Heck, I saw six numbers and I know which one the mega number is. But I haven't win anything for last 5 months.

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                        Posted: May 21, 2007, 3:23 am - IP Logged

                        Sounds like she was talking about the Secret/LOA.  Good for them both!  I hope they have fun with that dough!

                        Sun Smiley I got my fingers crossed ready to win!!! Sun Smiley

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                          Posted: May 21, 2007, 9:42 am - IP Logged

                          Really? There are a lot of people who see lottery numbers in their dreams and never win the numbers. Heck, I saw six numbers and I know which one the mega number is. But I haven't win anything for last 5 months.

                          I can relate I had that happen to me played my dream numbers faithfully for 3 years, didn't win squat.  I haven't played "dream numbers" in almost two years and numbers haven't come up.

                            MissNYC's avatar - diva
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                            Posted: May 21, 2007, 10:28 am - IP Logged

                            Really? There are a lot of people who see lottery numbers in their dreams and never win the numbers. Heck, I saw six numbers and I know which one the mega number is. But I haven't win anything for last 5 months.

                            If you keep thinking like that, you will never win. Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction?

                            "If you just keep believing, that dream that you wish will come true"

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