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CA couple expecting first baby wins $208M lottery jackpot

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San Jose, California, resident Daniel Bruckner visited relatives in New York for the holidays last month and came home with quite a souvenir: a $208 million winning lottery ticket.

A Silicon Valley financial analyst swept in Friday to collect a $208 million windfall after buying a single Mega Millions ticket last month at a Long Island supermarket.

The couple will return home to San Jose, Calif., with an after-tax windfall of $101,440,236.

"They are happy for themselves, but I think it's really hitting them that the baby's future is going to be so affected," a family friend said.

But don't expect any Beyoncé-style preparations for the youngster. The father-to-be said he would take pains not to "end up one of those stories where you blow it all."

The goal, he said, is "just trying to be true to who you are, and hopefully you can stay the people who you were before."

Daniel Bruckner, born and raised on the West Coast, was nearly as stunned as the hard-luck New Yorkers who watched the Californian fill his carpetbags with cash.

"The first 10 times you read it, you don't believe it," said the 35-year-old San Jose, Calif., resident. "We're just so happy and lucky."

Bruckner's New York connection is his wife Christine, a Long Island native who joined him at the suburban store where he purchased the winning ticket in the Dec. 27 drawing. He was visiting the in-laws over the holidays when the spirit came upon him to plunk down a buck on the day after Christmas. He typically stops by the store, King Kullen, in Middle Island, to shop when in town, and that's where he bought a meal and his millions.

"I picked up food for dinner and saw how big the jackpot was, so I decided to buy a ticket," the fortunate financier said.

He plunked down $26 for computer-generated Quick Pick tickets and headed home.

Bruckner didn't play a single lucky number, opting for a quick picks to cash in on his 1-in-175 million odds of winning. The newly minted millionaire thought so little of his chances that he didn't bother checking his numbers until the morning after the drawing.

And boy, was he stunned when he did.

Daniel's father-in-law alerted his daughter the next morning that the winning ticket had been bought at the same store.

"To humor him, I went upstairs and woke Dan up and said jokingly, 'My dad thinks you won. Go check your numbers,' " she said.

Daniel sifted through a few losing tickets before discovering the winning stub. The ticket had the Mega numbers 23, 32, 33, 39, 43 and a Mega Ball of 8.

"The numbers just lined up," he said. "It didn't seem real."

He stashed the ticket in a safe-deposit box before heading back to California for work.

With all of Long Island buzzing about the mystery winners for three weeks, the couple managed to keep their secret until yesterday's announcement.

"It's been very hard for me because I'm around my friends and family, and they're all talking about it because it's the big buzz, and I couldn't say anything," Christine recalled.

The couple was hesitant to answer personal questions, but Christine, who works in the mortgage business, said they had gone through stressful financial times in recent years.

The pair said the money obligations that had been looming over them — like student loans, a mortgage and other debts — will be wiped out instantaneously.

"This will help," Christine said with a smile.

Her husband said he will return to work in California — at least for now.

"There are a lot of people who are depending on me there," he said. "There are a lot of projects going on. And I think it's important . . . keeping things normal right now."

Friends and family streamed into the Bruckners' modest home to congratulate them yesterday. A portion of the winnings was dedicated to party supplies — two 12-packs of Corona, one of Dos Equis and one of Heineken Light.

The winning couple, whose San Jose home is worth more than $500,000, took a lump sum payoff of $101 million after taxes.

"I'm sure he'll have a lot of new friends he didn't even know he had before," neighbor Steve Rodriguez said.

Bruckner's high-school sweetheart and ex-wife, Dawn Reily, 35, said he deserved the jackpot — but couldn't help taking a potshot at her former spouse.

"I wouldn't say he was generous," said Reily, a single mom who lost her teaching job and is working three gigs to make ends meet.

Reily said she tried to contact Bruckner several times in recent years, but he failed to return her emails.

"I'm jealous. I'm so jealous. We could really use that right now," said the Ventura, Calif., resident. "Send some of that luck my way!"

San Jose neighbor Steve Rodriguez says the couple moved into a three-bedroom home a couple years ago, and just finished putting in a lush front lawn. Records show the house is worth more than $500,000.

Bruckner, the father of a small girlyoung daughter, is a friendly guy who's quick with a wave — but Rodriguez wonders if he's long for the neighborhood.

"I wish him all the luck and hope things don't change too much, but I know they will," Rodriguez said. "I'm sure he'll have a lot of new friends he didn't even know he had before."

The California couple demurred when asked what they would do with the money, saying they needed time to consider the endless options.

"It's very surreal," Bruckner said. "It's exciting, but very surreal."

Three New Yorkers came oh-so-close to splitting the prize with Bruckner. None picked the Mega Ball number, leaving each with a $250,000 prize.

Bruckner said he had played the Mega Millions a few times prior to his victory, but never won more than a few bucks.

Rodriguez, a 20-year resident of San Jose, said he was looking forward to welcoming his now-megawealthy neighbor back home.

"I'm happy for him, totally happy for him," said Rodriguez. "That's great that somebody on my street has won."

Mega Millions is a multistate lottery game that picks winning numbers twice a week.  California and New York are two of 42 states that participate, along with the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bruckner's winning numbers were 23, 32, 33, 39, and 43, with Mega Ball number 8.

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Posted: January 14, 2012, 1:40 pm - IP Logged

Congratz on the collection of $ 208 million windfall pretax Cheers

"You have to be in it to win it!"

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    Posted: January 14, 2012, 2:04 pm - IP Logged

    It's not clear if his high school sweetheart ex Ms. Dawn Reily haves a kid with Mr. Bruckner but if she does I hope he does right by his child. If that is not the case than Dawn is on her own and will be not be living the "Life of Reily!" Unless he decides to throw a couple of dollars her way, but I'm sure the current wife wouldn't agree to it! Like Puff said "Mo Money Mo Problems!" Sure would like to have those kind of problems though! Congrats to the Bruckner's.         

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      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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      Posted: January 14, 2012, 2:59 pm - IP Logged

      Bruckner's high-school sweetheart and ex-wife, Dawn Reily, 35, said: "I wouldn't say he was generous."

      Well there's a self-fulfilling prophecy for ya. LOL.

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        Posted: January 14, 2012, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

        My Mom & Dad used to live on Long Island .............. and I have visited California ................. maybe that means that I will win tonite ......................

         

        going GREEN with money tonite .......................

         

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          Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations to the BrucknersHurray!

          Why is it necessary to twice mention the Bruckner's home in CA is worth $500,000?

          Bruckner's ex-wife is a single mom working three jobs - doesn't sound like Bruckner is the father; and

          If he's not the father, why is ex-wife trying "to contact Bruckner several times in recent years" but he's not answering her emails.

          IMO article shouldn't have quoted his shady ex-wife - stirring up a hornet's nest with that one - she is definitely looking to get some of that $$$.  If he didn't answer her emails before, don't think he's gonna answer them now that's for sure! LOL

          Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping

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            Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

            Congrats to the Lucky couple

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              Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

              SEEING IS BELIEVING.

              The main attraction about this story is seeing a copy of the actual winning ticket unlike other lottery stories where people claimed to win with $1 quick pick ticket and there is no actual copy of the winning ticket to be seen.

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                Posted: January 14, 2012, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

                Congrats to the growing family. IF Bruckner has a child with the ex, let's hope he will man up to his responsibility. On the other hand, if the ex's child is not his, then she needs to learn that divorce means one is no longer responsible for the other.

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                  Posted: January 14, 2012, 5:03 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulations to the BrucknersHurray!

                  Why is it necessary to twice mention the Bruckner's home in CA is worth $500,000?

                  Bruckner's ex-wife is a single mom working three jobs - doesn't sound like Bruckner is the father; and

                  If he's not the father, why is ex-wife trying "to contact Bruckner several times in recent years" but he's not answering her emails.

                  IMO article shouldn't have quoted his shady ex-wife - stirring up a hornet's nest with that one - she is definitely looking to get some of that $$$.  If he didn't answer her emails before, don't think he's gonna answer them now that's for sure! LOL

                  I Agree! People act like winners' lives are fair game for critical examination.

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                    Posted: January 14, 2012, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

                    Congrats to the growing family. IF Bruckner has a child with the ex, let's hope he will man up to his responsibility. On the other hand, if the ex's child is not his, then she needs to learn that divorce means one is no longer responsible for the other.

                    Depends on the length of the marriage, too; CA has some "interesting" divorce laws. Scared

                    In neo-conned Amerika, bank robs you.
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                      Posted: January 14, 2012, 5:38 pm - IP Logged

                      Congratulations to the BrucknersHurray!

                      Why is it necessary to twice mention the Bruckner's home in CA is worth $500,000?

                      Bruckner's ex-wife is a single mom working three jobs - doesn't sound like Bruckner is the father; and

                      If he's not the father, why is ex-wife trying "to contact Bruckner several times in recent years" but he's not answering her emails.

                      IMO article shouldn't have quoted his shady ex-wife - stirring up a hornet's nest with that one - she is definitely looking to get some of that $$$.  If he didn't answer her emails before, don't think he's gonna answer them now that's for sure! LOL

                      "...why is ex-wife trying "to contact Bruckner several times in recent years"..."

                      I can answer that one cuz I got a little experience in that area.

                      Here's the answer:

                      They realize they never had it so good and they wanna come back and will do anything including trying to destroy your new relationship/marriage to do it.

                      And that is why I don't give out personal info to anybody, cuz I got a couple of 'em who would love to know my whereabouts.

                      But right now they don't know if I'm up on Wolverton Mountain or lost in Miller's Cave.

                      And that's the way I like it.

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                        Posted: January 14, 2012, 6:16 pm - IP Logged

                        Congrats to the winners...............Hurray!

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                            Posted: January 14, 2012, 6:40 pm - IP Logged

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                            thanks time*treat,great tune,

                            hey ridgerunner, is this song about you ? LOL

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