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Retired waitress wins millions in lottery

Ohio LotteryOhio Lottery: Retired waitress wins millions in lottery

"I'm gonna take it day to day, but I'm always gonna play," she said. 

Rosemarie Donnellan, 67, has spent her entire adult life taking care of other people.

"The lady over there, took care of her, took care of the guy next door," Donnellan said.

Donnellan, who is married with six grown children and four grandchildren, worked as a waitress at a country club.  "I'm a nice woman," she said.

And now, a very rich one, winning $4.1 million in last week's Ohio lottery.

"'Oh my God, I can't believe it,' that's how I was," she said.

In the Lorain county mobile home park where Rose and her husband, a retired plumber, have lived for 20 years, the news spread quickly.

"Just the one neighbor, the nosy one, he says 'I heard you won the lottery,' he said 'what'd you win, a thousand?' and I said no, 4.1 million," Donnellan said.

Donnellan was playing on her computer when she heard the Lot 'O Play numbers being announced on her television.  After checking her ticket four times, she realized she finally was going to be able to move out of her trailer and into the house of her dreams.

"I've been living in this trailer for 20 years," she said.  "It's time to get a house with a lot of room, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool."

Donnellan has been buying lottery tickets for 10 years, always at the same place, and has been playing the $2 Lot 'O Play game five times a week for the past six months.  She used the auto lotto feature and chose the cash option to receive a little more than $2 million before federal and state withholding taxes, which total 31 percent.

Donnellan has already sought the efforts of a friend in real estate to start looking for a house in the area, and the only other item remaining on her wish list is a horse that's eluded her since 1965.

"I had all kinds of Ford Mustangs," she said. "A '64, '66, '67 and '68, but I've never had a '65. I just loved the way it looked, and I've always wanted one."

The ticket was purchased at a North Ridgeville Convenient Food Mart located at 34441 Center Ridge Road. The store will receive a $1,000 agent bonus for selling the winning ticket, according to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Convenient manager Joe Hendrickson said Donnellan is a usual customer to the store, and informed employees that she had won late Friday afternoon.  Tammy Walker sold Rose the winning ticket.

"I was excited she won, she really could use it," Walker said.

"It's not going to go to my head, I'm not joining no country club," Donnellan said. "God kissed me on the forehead and I'm going to kiss him back."

By way of a very generous gift, she plans to donate to a local children's charity.

Rose Donnellan, 67, won $4.1 million last week playing Ohio's Lot 'O Play game.

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Posted: July 19, 2006, 11:48 am - IP Logged

Will she be the last LOP jackpot winner? The cash option is exactly half of the annuity, instead of a floating percentage, so she was stiffed, which probably wasn't the first time since she was a waitress.

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    Posted: July 19, 2006, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

    I'm betting she will be  broke in 2 years.    Her first call was to a realtor.


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      Posted: July 19, 2006, 1:23 pm - IP Logged

      I hope she doesn't have financial problems later in life. I hope she chooses cash. CASH Only, I think LOP will retire before the year 2006 comes to an end. They'll replace with a cash option only game of Ohio SLP starting at $1 million.

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        Posted: July 19, 2006, 5:25 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats to her. I hope everything works out for her and she avoids any financial problems.

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          Posted: July 19, 2006, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

          Exactly how was she stiffed if she got half of the JP by choosing the cash option ?

          This lady is going to realize some of her dreams and there's nothing wrong with that. Sounds like she has had kind of a hard life so good for her.

          Extremely blessed ? absolutely...

          Stiffed ? absolutely not.

          ...DD

           

                                         

                        

           

           

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            Posted: July 19, 2006, 9:00 pm - IP Logged

            I hope she doesn't have financial problems later in life. I hope she chooses cash. CASH Only, I think LOP will retire before the year 2006 comes to an end. They'll replace with a cash option only game of Ohio SLP starting at $1 million.

            " I hope she chooses cash"

            Did you read the story  ??  What?

            ...DD

             

                                           

                          

             

             

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              Posted: July 20, 2006, 12:58 am - IP Logged

              Exactly how was she stiffed if she got half of the JP by choosing the cash option ?

              This lady is going to realize some of her dreams and there's nothing wrong with that. Sounds like she has had kind of a hard life so good for her.

              Extremely blessed ? absolutely...

              Stiffed ? absolutely not.

               

              ...DD

              I Agree!

              I hope she gets some wise financial advice too. 

              On a personal note, I shudder when I read a story and it gets to the part where they live in a trailer park. You'll see a news report on tv about a repeat sex offender or someone who is on the run from the cops, and then they show that he lives in a trailer park.  When people win the lottery and they live in a park, the news capitalizes on that too. I'm not saying that buying a nice home isn't a heck of a lot better, but I lived in a singlewide for many years. It wasn't such a bad life.


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                Posted: July 20, 2006, 7:41 am - IP Logged

                I hope she gets independent, professional,l financial advice to secure her future, but I can't help feeling she will blow it all, especially as the family and neighbors know. It is madness for lotteries to publish the identity of winners, all winners SHOULD have the right of anonymity; as they have in the UK and Australia.

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                  Posted: July 20, 2006, 9:50 am - IP Logged

                  I hope she gets independent, professional,l financial advice to secure her future, but I can't help feeling she will blow it all, especially as the family and neighbors know. It is madness for lotteries to publish the identity of winners, all winners SHOULD have the right of anonymity; as they have in the UK and Australia.

                  Ohio does have the right of anonymity; she choose otherwise!

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

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                    Posted: July 20, 2006, 2:07 pm - IP Logged

                    I saw her on CNN. It showed where people were already calling with their hard-luck stories. She hung up on one caller. I hope she changes her number and gets the heck outta town FAST because the vultures are probably already circling her house!


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                      Exactly how was she stiffed if she got half of the JP by choosing the cash option ?

                      This lady is going to realize some of her dreams and there's nothing wrong with that. Sounds like she has had kind of a hard life so good for her.

                      Extremely blessed ? absolutely...

                      Stiffed ? absolutely not.

                      ...DD

                      Ohio LOP and Mega Millions' annuities are each 26 equal payments, so in each the cash value percentage of the annuity should be the same. However, Ohio regulations fix the LOP cash value at exactly half of the annuity, while the MM cash value is a floating percentage, which right now is significantly more than 50%. BTW the PB annuity also is a floating percentage; so PB lump-sum winners are _not_ cheated, even though the cash option percentage is much lower than in MM (the PB annuity is 30 graduated payments).

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                        Posted: July 20, 2006, 8:44 pm - IP Logged

                        if she pay her tithes that is 10% of her winnings to her church she will continue on being bless god bless you

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                          I think that her 1st mistake is she should have never went public!!!!  I live in Ohio and we do have that right to remain queit. Do I think that she is blessed??? YES  Indeed, any one that is that fortunate IS getting a kiss from God on the forehead. BUT dont make it the sting of the devil when you TELL THE WHOLE WORLD.... HELLO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think that any time this happens you should count your blessings and go on with it. Seems to me that she wants to Gloat. That being said she has every right to do as she pleases, but she will be broke ALOT faster then I would have cause my neighbor would NOT have known that I was a winner nor anyone to get my phone number that is just asking for it.  But congrats and good luck White Bounce  She is gonna need it to get out  still some what wealthy  lol Boxing

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                            Posted: July 21, 2006, 9:04 am - IP Logged

                            I give her one or two years at best before she is dead broke.