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Texas couple claims $49 million prize

Texas LotteryTexas Lottery: Texas couple claims $49 million prize
Bryon Woods pleaded with his wife Barbara to sell him another $5 worth of lottery tickets at the store where she worked. Good thing she agreed.

The Eagle Lake couple on Wednesday claimed a winning Lotto Texas ticket worth $49 million. After tearfully accepting an initial check of $2.9 million, the couple will collect $1.95 million every year for the next 24 years.

Bryon Woods said he chose the annuity instead of the lump sum cash payment option because "I intend to live another 24 years. I want my (winnings) throughout my life."

Bryon said he had purchased three tickets earlier in the week and his wife initially refused to sell him any more when he picked her up from work 10 minutes before the cutoff for the July 30 drawing.

"He already had some," Barbara said. "It's all good now."

It sure is. The second batch of Quick Pick tickets produced the winning numbers of 11-17-22-24-43, bonus ball 6.

The couple didn't know they'd won until a telephone call from a family member the next morning told them the winning ticket was purchased at the store. Bryon checked the numbers on his computer.

"I started screaming and hollering, `We're millionaires! We're millionaires!'" he said.

Bryon, 38, quit his job as a diesel mechanic and Barbara, 46, turned in her keys to the J&K's Corner store where she worked.

They said they want to provide college scholarships for local students.

"We want to help the kids in our area who really want to go to school," said Bryon Woods, who paid for his own education in Wyoming to learn diesel mechanics.

He said they hadn't talked to local school officials about the scholarship plan "but they'll hear about it today."

They also want to donate to charities for cancer and arthritis, buy homes for family members and take a trip to Las Vegas.

The $49 million was the largest prize awarded since the Texas Lottery Commission changed the game earlier this year to make it harder to win.

The game requires players to select five numbers from 1 to 44 and a bonus number from another set of 44 numbers. The estimated odds of winning are about 47.7 million-to-1.

Lottery commission Executive Director Reagan Greer said that because Barbara Woods sold the winning ticket, officials double-checked to make sure it was valid and found no problems. He said the game allows retailers and employees to play the lottery.

"We made sure everything was followed properly," Greer said. "We congratulate them."

AP

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Posted: September 4, 2003, 7:09 am - IP Logged

He "intends to live another 24 years"? I would like his optimism, except his exhibited his stupidity when he bought his ticket. What's with these recent TX "winners" not exercising their "right to choose"?   As I've said before, TX needs to allow players to make up their mind AFTER they win.

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    Posted: September 4, 2003, 9:12 am - IP Logged
    Quote: Originally posted by CASH Only on September 04, 2003


    He "intends to live another 24 years"? I would like his optimism, except his exhibited his stupidity when he bought his ticket. What's with these recent TX "winners" not exercising their "right to choose"?   As I've said before, TX needs to allow players to make up their mind AFTER they win.



    Cash,

    He chose the annuity. Since it was his choice he's not stupid for not following your choice. Lighten up guy everyone doesn't believe as you do.

    Megamillionaire

    Time is a wonderful teacher, but it kills all its students.

    A man must consider what a rich realm he leaves when he becomes a conformist.

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      Posted: September 4, 2003, 9:41 am - IP Logged

      Purchasing 12 Powerbal

      ... the lottery never fails to surprise!
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        Posted: September 4, 2003, 9:59 am - IP Logged

        This guy was smarter than any of us. Of course he could give a rats ass as if we have any opinion of him. He's on his way to the bank!

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          Posted: September 4, 2003, 10:00 am - IP Logged

          Jack Whittaker, who won the largest single amount in PowerBall history, bought $100 worth of QPs to win.  He probably heard about the guy in Michigan  who earlier paid for a hotdog with a $100 bill and used the change(~$98) to buy MegaMillions QP tickets and won a thirds of the largest jackpot in MegaMillions history.

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            Posted: September 4, 2003, 10:21 am - IP Logged

            A man his age _should_ expect to live at least 24 more years. The thing is, he had to choose WHEN he played, instead of the much more opportune time, after winning.

            Some players (who must make the choice at the time of purchase, eg CA, NY, TX) do not fully consider best-case v worst-case scenarios, such as possible estate-tax liabilities for their heirs.

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              Posted: September 4, 2003, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

              Lump sum or annuity,,,,you got to give the guy his props...he had a gut feeling and he begged his wife to take it...no data,no sum,no analyzing,,just pure gut feeling....and you can get every investment guru to tell him he's wrong about annuity, but i'll bet he'll just smile at you and say whatever..

              "Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields