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Oklahoma couple claims $106M Powerball lottery jackpot

PowerballPowerball: Oklahoma couple claims $106M Powerball lottery jackpot

Don Harvey's long-haul truck had almost two million miles on it when its engine died this week. Now he's planning to ride the road in style, thanks to a $105.8 million Powerball ticket bought by his wife.

"Absolute disbelief and shock," was how Joyce Harvey described her reaction when she checked her computer Thursday night and found she had the winning ticket.

"Basically, I just broke down and cried," she said.

The Harveys, from Muldrow in eastern Oklahoma, said they will pay off bills and financially help family members and think about buying a new home.

They chose to receive a $33.3 million lump sum after taxes instead of the full amount paid out over 29 years.

A truck driver all his adult life, the 64-year-old Harvey said he did not plan to stop working.

"I've got to have something to do," he said. "I can't go fishing all the time and I don't play golf."

He said he would buy a fancier truck than the one that finally quit running after he rolled into Muldrow from a trip delivering air conditioners to Madison, Wis.

But it won't be a new truck, he said, saying there is no reason to waste money, even if you've got it to waste, on a vehicle that depreciates so much in its first two years.

Joyce Harvey said she had heard media reports that someone had hit the lottery jackpot but had not claimed the prize. It never crossed her mind that that she might be the winner.

The ticket was purchased at a Shell service station in Roland, about five miles east of Muldrow, almost on the Arkansas border across from the city of Fort Smith.

It was a quirky thing that she won, she said, because she always had bought lottery tickets using the same numbers.

She said she recently bought a ticket, but the numbers "came out wrong." She said she decided to use those same numbers when she bought the ticket in Roland and bingo, it was a winner.

She said it was "very scary" and "caused knots in my stomach" to find out she had won so much money.

The couple said they were "pretty satisfied with our life" and would have to think long and hard about what do with the money after first paying off bills.

"That will be a real treat," Mrs. Harvey said.

The couple did not tell anyone of their big score before a news conference Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission in Oklahoma City.

Mrs. Harvey said she did not even divulge she was the winner when she visited the service station where she bought winning ticket, telling a clerk she heard there had been "a lot of excitement around here."

The Harveys said becoming instant millionaires will not significantly change their life style.

"You'd have to be dead in a box if it didn't change a person, but I don't think it will be a drastic change," said Harvey, a native of Coddott, Wis.

The Multi-State Lottery Association announced previously that only one ticket sold for Wednesday night's drawing matched the six numbers drawn: 9-11-13-24-43, and Powerball 18.

The odds of winning were about 176 million to one, said Jim Scoggins, executive director of the lottery.

Scroggins noted it was the second jackpot-winning ticket sold in Oklahoma since the state started offering Powerball in January 2006.

A $101.8 million jackpot, which came in a drawing last June, was claimed anonymously through a trust.

For the state the size of Oklahoma, about 3.5 million people, to have two Powerball jackpot winners in a year's time is "just big odds, I can't figure out what they are," Scroggins said.

AP

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Litebets27's avatar - power
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Posted: June 30, 2007, 9:45 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to the lucky couple!! May they spend their winnings wisely.

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    Posted: June 30, 2007, 10:13 pm - IP Logged

    What is wrong with all these winners? $35 million and you are going to still drive around a truck? That is completely absurd. Buy the business, and sit back and get even more rich while doing a lot less! $35 million will give you A LOT of opportunities and create things to do if you are not a complete moron. Golf is only one minute example in the vast universe.

    I have no idea why these types of people even play the lottery, as it is very obvious they do not want to spend money, nor create a more productive and fulfilling life. At least according to their press conferences. Yet the people who WANT and WILL change their lives, remain winless...

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      Posted: June 30, 2007, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

      What is wrong with all these winners? $35 million and you are going to still drive around a truck? That is completely absurd. Buy the business, and sit back and get even more rich while doing a lot less! $35 million will give you A LOT of opportunities and create things to do if you are not a complete moron. Golf is only one minute example in the vast universe.

      I have no idea why these types of people even play the lottery, as it is very obvious they do not want to spend money, nor create a more productive and fulfilling life. At least according to their press conferences. Yet the people who WANT and WILL change their lives, remain winless...

      Not every one playing the lotteries is hoping to win and make their lousy life better.  If they enjoy their job and playing the lottery, why should they stop doing either just because they win the jackpot?

      I have no idea why any one who really WANT to change their life would put it on hold until after they've won a lottery jackpot, chances are they're never going to win one.

      People like the Harveys who enjoyed what they had before they won a jackpot will probably enjoy it more after winning $33 millions.

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        Posted: June 30, 2007, 11:09 pm - IP Logged

        What is wrong with all these winners? $35 million and you are going to still drive around a truck? That is completely absurd. Buy the business, and sit back and get even more rich while doing a lot less! $35 million will give you A LOT of opportunities and create things to do if you are not a complete moron. Golf is only one minute example in the vast universe.

        I have no idea why these types of people even play the lottery, as it is very obvious they do not want to spend money, nor create a more productive and fulfilling life. At least according to their press conferences. Yet the people who WANT and WILL change their lives, remain winless...

        I Agree!  although it's none of my business what these people do with their money. If he wants to continue to deliver air conditioners, that's his choice. 

        RJOh writes:  I have no idea why any one who really WANT to change their life would put it on hold until after they've won a lottery jackpot, chances are they're never going to win one.

        It's not always a choice, RJOh.  But winning all that money gives you a lot more choices. Getting up every day for work to keep a roof over your head isn't necessarily putting your life on hold, it's just taking one day at a time until something better comes along.

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          Not every one playing the lotteries is hoping to win and make their lousy life better.  If they enjoy their job and playing the lottery, why should they stop doing either just because they win the jackpot?

          I have no idea why any one who really WANT to change their life would put it on hold until after they've won a lottery jackpot, chances are they're never going to win one.

          People like the Harveys who enjoyed what they had before they won a jackpot will probably enjoy it more after winning $33 millions.

          I agree. I think if a person loved the job they have why give it up because you win a jackpot. I had a job once that I  loved which was installing stereos, alarms, neon light kits, and tinting windows but it was comission and my wife wanted me to have a steady job so I quit. I feel that it doesn't matter what type of job you have, garbage  collector, teacher, repo man,the person who scrapes dead animals up off the street, as long as you are happy with it, that's all that matters. I know it may be hard on an employer knowing that a employee may have more money then you. A lot of jobs I have worked in the past the employer has used the fact that a person needs that job to get them to do tasks no one wants to do or overtime. Me myself, I don't like my job anymore so if I ever won I'm cussing everyone of the supervisors out, taking off my uniform right there at work and walking out the business in my boxers, t-shirt , sock, and shoes, lol. Naw, I wouldn't do that but it was a thought. I'de show up for work then when it was time to start working I'de go around to all my friends at work and tell them it was nice working with them and that it was my last day.

          I love doubles and remember, it's just a game!!!!!!

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            KyMystikal

            It really comes down to this question;

            Whatever you do for a living, if you didn't need the money, would you still do it just out of passion for it?

            For most people that is a definite no.  

            I give this trucker about a month before he quits. All the other truckers will ask him what is he thinking and the light will come on.

            It's really sad that someone would make such as a score as he did and say they wouldnlt know what to do with themself if they weren't working.  

            Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

            Lep

            There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.


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              I Agree!  although it's none of my business what these people do with their money. If he wants to continue to deliver air conditioners, that's his choice. 

              RJOh writes:  I have no idea why any one who really WANT to change their life would put it on hold until after they've won a lottery jackpot, chances are they're never going to win one.

              It's not always a choice, RJOh.  But winning all that money gives you a lot more choices. Getting up every day for work to keep a roof over your head isn't necessarily putting your life on hold, it's just taking one day at a time until something better comes along.

              Agree with stupid  I  couldn't  agree  more  that ( its  none of  my  business what these  people do with  there  money")

              People  think  the  first  thing  you  should  do  is  quit  your  job  and  get  busy  spending  the  money ...while  I  am  sure  I  will  do  my  fair  share  of  shopping  new  cloughs  new  car  new  apartment/home  ect...  and  thats  for  starters  then  I  would  travel ....these  people  laid  it  on  the  line  He  said " I  GOT  TO  HAVE  Something  TO  Do  " and  I  am  sure  they  Prayed to  God  and  called  family members but  the  real  rip  off  in  this  was  the  cash  tax  on  $108  million  left  a  mere  33 million..........they  should  have  at  least  got  58million  back:Mad

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                WTG!!!!

                 

                 

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                  Do you have any idea how much $35 million really is? Obviously this couple doesn't, nor do they realize what that kind of money can buy. I don't care how much I liked my job before, in my case I played the lottery to GET OUT of it and do something more productive for myself. Especially at that age, you would think he would jump at the chance.

                  I am not saying they have to run and blow all kinds of money, but to continue being a wage-slave with that kind of cash is just pure insanity. Especially considering the odds you beat, that some people will most likely never beat in a lifetime. You can't sit around and wait on the lottery, but for many it sure would indeed provide a lot of open doors that were always closed.

                  I would be nice though to hear for a change that someone actually won "who needed it," and was going to put the money to good use. Not the last 50 or so who simply shrugged it off, after finding their crumpled up ticket in a dusty corner at the last minute. If you are not going to change anything, why even keep the money? You won't need the financial security anyway, you are already "well enough off." Donate it or burn it.

                  To me that is simply a waste of a jackpot win. Jackpots provide opportunities that you will NEVER see otherwise in your life, and if you squander that you are simply a fool. Umm yeah, I have $35 million in the bank but I am going to keep driving my truck doing deliveries...In most of these cases I don't believe it is humility speaking, simply pure ignorance and lack of preparation as to what that kind of money can do.

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                    I'm sure RJOH is just playing the lottery for FUN not because he want to win some money to to buy thing he want or help his family and friends.

                     The biggest BS I have ever read up on this lp post is, I just the lottery for fun or the challenge? whatever....You play the lottery is because you have desire to use the money do the thing you want, ie have a good life, help your kids, family or friends.  You do NOT have to try to justify your GREED.  It is normal as a human being to want to have the best of everthing in life.

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                      What is wrong with all these winners? $35 million and you are going to still drive around a truck? That is completely absurd. Buy the business, and sit back and get even more rich while doing a lot less! $35 million will give you A LOT of opportunities and create things to do if you are not a complete moron. Golf is only one minute example in the vast universe.

                      I have no idea why these types of people even play the lottery, as it is very obvious they do not want to spend money, nor create a more productive and fulfilling life. At least according to their press conferences. Yet the people who WANT and WILL change their lives, remain winless...

                      Because people play these games with the off hopes of winning without realizing just how much money they are winning or how much money they are not winning.

                      it's why some go completely insane after a win.....

                      In a perfect world..... only those who actually would use the money to it's fullest would win.....    and by that I am not talking that nonsense of some deserving to win cus they would "help others". No one deserves to win over anyone else really.

                      don't worry most people who win so much eventually get it and stop the nonsense about keeping their jobs and such..... most find other things to do and such.....

                      thing is at other times in my life I would have just quit my job but the job I have now..... I'll have to give them some time to replace me.... of course the first week..... they will have to cover my shifts cos I won't be in any condition to work and concentrate on my job duties.... after that I will give them about a Month.....

                      You live a life of abundance! You have won the lottery! Belief creates reality! Believe!

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                        I'm sure RJOH is just playing the lottery for FUN not because he want to win some money to to buy thing he want or help his family and friends.

                         The biggest BS I have ever read up on this lp post is, I just the lottery for fun or the challenge? whatever....You play the lottery is because you have desire to use the money do the thing you want, ie have a good life, help your kids, family or friends.  You do NOT have to try to justify your GREED.  It is normal as a human being to want to have the best of everthing in life.

                        Sure I like playing the lottery because I think it's possible for me to win but I'm not planning my life around it and I'm not bothered when someone else wins.  Chances are I will never win a jackpot but I enjoy the challenge of trying.

                        As far as helping others, I never liked needy grown people hanging around me even if they were family, so I don't have any as friends either. 

                        I don't need to justify buying lottery tickets any more than the guys buying cigarettes and coughing their lungs out or the guys buying six packs and pissing it all away.

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                          Sure I like playing the lottery because I think it's possible for me to win but I'm not planning my life around it and I'm not bothered when someone else wins.  Chances are I will never win a jackpot but I enjoy the challenge of trying.

                          As far as helping others, I never liked needy grown people hanging around me even if they were family, so I don't have any as friends either. 

                          I don't need to justify buying lottery tickets any more than the guys buying cigarettes and coughing their lungs out or the guys buying six packs and pissing it all away.

                          None of need to justify buying lottery tickets at all. Poor Aston has these Greed issues within himself about playing the lottery and tries of project them on everyone else.

                          Seriously what does he think this is the Mother Thersea forum or some'n?

                           

                          Alot more pain and suffering in the world comes from things being done "for the greater good" from people buying into those lies and such. from people who become a part of a collective slave mindset then from individuals trying to pursue their personal dreams. 

                          How's about we put aside our personal desires and put on jackboots for the fatherland and live a life devoid of personal greed so that people like Aston can feel better about themselves.... oh yeah doing so much good because they aren't greedy.... 

                          In some ways individuals personal greed keeps the world from becoming overrun by ideologies that create slaves of people.

                          Our advancements as a species are because of Egoists and because of the greed of certian people. Most things done collectively or by committee just fail and muck up things even further.

                          That is my problem with the environmental movement as a whole.... they buy into this whole collective self sacrefice paradigm when if they would make saving the evironment into a capitalistic endeavour people would jump on board and find newer and creative ways to clean up the world instead of staying in this stagnating state for the past 30 years.

                          Greed and Ego are completely healthy. We're wired that way. It's a survival thing and to try to stop it is to try to stop breathing.

                          but then again  someone posting about another being greedy on a lottery site is pretty hilarious lol

                          You live a life of abundance! You have won the lottery! Belief creates reality! Believe!

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                            A little bitter??????????Patriot

                            Congrats to the winners! Let it all sink in......they'll adjust and he'll realize that he ain't getting back in that big truck soon enough.