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Newport Beach Man Claims $81 Million California Lottery Jackpot

Jan 20, 2005, 4:54 pm

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California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Newport Beach Man Claims $81 Million California Lottery Jackpot

A 25-year-old Newport Beach man was identified Tuesday as the sole winner of last Wednesday's $81 million California SuperLotto Plus lottery jackpot.

Colin McLean, who identified himself as a college graduate who works in the finance industry, said he planned to use some of the winnings to help victims of last month's tsunami.

"With everything going on in the world, I think it is inappropriate to gain notoriety for this [winning the Lottery]; I feel very blessed, and sense that God has given me an opportunity that very few people receive," McLean wrote in a statement released by his lawyer.

McLean will receive 26 annual payments of $2,025,000. The retailer will receive $405,000 for selling the winning ticket.

McLean bought the winning Super Lotto Plus ticket at a 7-Eleven in Orange.

McLean wrote that he didn't realize that he had won until Friday because he had been busy. He said that when he realized he had won, "I about fell over."

McLean said he went to the Santa Ana lottery office late Friday and was "disappointed" to find that the staff wasn't able to process his claim because they were preparing for the holiday weekend.

He said he rented a safe deposit box to store his ticket over the long weekend, which he spent researching his financial alternatives.

As for returning to work? McLean said he hadn't decided.

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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: January 20, 2005, 5:08 pm - IP Logged

Even though he's only 25 years old, I bet whatever financial advice he's receiving told him he should have chosen cash (CA requires the choice to be made when you play).

    fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
    United States
    Member #9378
    December 6, 2004
    221 Posts
    Posted: January 21, 2005, 2:14 am - IP Logged

    Since he is only 25, he made the right choice in choosing the annuity.

      Maverick's avatar - yinyang
      United States
      Member #8242
      October 29, 2004
      1133 Posts
      Posted: January 21, 2005, 4:07 am - IP Logged

      Young lucky buck he is!

      Article said: The retailer will receive $405,000 for selling the winning ticket.

      That's it! I'm opening a 7-11 and I'm selling lottery tickets!

        United States
        Member #3676
        February 10, 2004
        425 Posts
        Posted: January 21, 2005, 9:12 am - IP Logged

        Does the store get 1% of the cash value?


          United States
          Member #6676
          September 3, 2004
          95 Posts
          Posted: January 21, 2005, 9:57 am - IP Logged

          ah...to be 25 and money in the bank ;)