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Fla. man, Va. woman win $44 million lottery prize

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Fla. man, Va. woman win $44 million lottery prize

A Florida financial-services firm employee and a Henrico County dental-clinic worker came forward Monday to claim a $44 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

Dan Franks, who lives in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, and Kimberly Swanson chose to take a lump sum payment of $25.3 million rather than annual payments of $1.69 million for 26 years. After taxes, each will pocket about $7 million.

"We are just your average hardworking people," Franks, a former Chesterfield County resident, said at a news conference.

The couple did not say what they plan to do with their millions. Their lawyer, William H. Shewmake, said Franks and Swanson — headed to the airport and an undisclosed location — had taken steps to manage their new wealth before going public.

Will they quit work now that they are millionaires?

"We enjoy our jobs," Franks said.

The couple purchased the winning ticket, beating 1-in-176 million odds, at a Henrico County gasoline station and convenience store on Memorial Day. The winning numbers were 2-24-44-51-54 and Mega Ball 7.

AP

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Posted: June 12, 2007, 9:04 am - IP Logged

Enjoying your job is a nice sentiment, but employment being what it is, it might be better karma to let someone who needs the work, or paycheck, to have your job if you are all set financially.  They can always make work by starting their own business or something.

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    Posted: June 12, 2007, 9:11 am - IP Logged

    Yeah! I agree.  Keeping old job is not a good idea.  Lots problems ( asking for handouts everyday, resentment,  who can you trust and envy. )

    Leave and party in hawaii.

     

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      Posted: June 12, 2007, 9:18 am - IP Logged

      Woo! Tampa Bay! Guess it wasn't worth waiting for Florida to go multi-state!

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        Posted: June 12, 2007, 7:32 pm - IP Logged

        Congrats to the lucky winners.

        I consider it an insult to some of us folks who work in jobs that we do enjoy. To tell us to QUIT or walk away from what we enjoy is rather disrespectful to our right to do for others or contribute to society. I dont work for the money (although its nice to have), I work because I enjoy it and the bonus is getting PAID for what I do. Money is NOT the motivator for some of us folks. Ask a priest, a teacher, a social worker, a charity worker. Some folks actually consider there CAREER more important then the check cut each work. Any mature adult would respect a persons contribution to the job field.

        Hats off to the winners for being able to say they like there jobs!

        ~~Is it true, Is it kind,Is it necessary. ~~~

         Thanks be to the giving numbers: 1621,912,119 02014

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          Posted: June 12, 2007, 7:48 pm - IP Logged

          I have to agree with TheGameGrl.  Not everyone hates his/her job.  I wish I could say I've worked at a job I love and for reasons other than money.  Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case for a very long time.  It's true that if you worked in a factory or retail store where people were getting laid off, there would be resentment and co-workers might expect you to pay for lunch, etc.  If I won millions, maybe I would start a business or philanthropy doing something I really enjoy, or perhaps join an established one where I can be a contributing member. 

          Attitude is also important.  I once worked at a store with a woman whose husband made a high 6-figure income and she was only there for "shopping" money. This is not uncommon in retail. But $500 a week is a lot of money to some people, especially in this area.  Once someone spilled coffee and she said "Be careful. My shoes cost more than you made last week."  I didn't mind working with her, because she was upbeat and funny. However, the other people who were working 2 jobs to support their families resented her snobby remarks and I sometimes found her annoying since my $29.95 shoes meant just as much to me!   

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            Posted: June 13, 2007, 1:39 am - IP Logged

            God Bless that couple..end of story. Cheers

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              Posted: June 13, 2007, 12:54 pm - IP Logged

              http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-06-13-0129.html

               

              Here is more info on the couple he  was a former Vice Presdent of NASDAQ and she is a dentist.  There is no doubt this couple will know how to manage their new millions.  Congrats to them.

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                Posted: June 13, 2007, 11:33 pm - IP Logged

                http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/news.apx.-content-articles-RTD-2007-06-13-0129.html

                 

                Here is more info on the couple he  was a former Vice Presdent of NASDAQ and she is a dentist.  There is no doubt this couple will know how to manage their new millions.  Congrats to them.

                bambininieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!Lurking.....Argue.....Chair

                "You">>>really know how how to HURT a PERSON!!!!!!!

                I RED the REST of the STORY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                MY money ALREADY.............  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                >>>>>>>>>>>>>.............. goes & goes & goes (keeps on goes)

                >>>>>>GOE$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

                to the stockbroker & dentist>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>222$$$$$

                Now U say they get my mm lott0 money too!!!!!!!!(& go on a vacation for LIFE!!!!)

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                  Posted: June 16, 2007, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

                  Only 1/2 of your purchase or thereabouts goes to the winners (all winners, not just Jackpot) and the other is supposed to be for Education or whatever.

                  "beating 1-in-176 million odds" - does that mean they only played 1 ticket? Otherwise it might be "beating 5-in-176 million odds" or something. Even then that would assume that was the only time they played. The odds of a given person winning are not as high as they appear.

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                    Posted: June 18, 2007, 4:42 pm - IP Logged

                    bambininieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!Lurking.....Argue.....Chair

                    "You">>>really know how how to HURT a PERSON!!!!!!!

                    I RED the REST of the STORY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                    MY money ALREADY.............  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

                    >>>>>>>>>>>>>.............. goes & goes & goes (keeps on goes)

                    >>>>>>GOE$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

                    to the stockbroker & dentist>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>222$$$$$

                    Now U say they get my mm lott0 money too!!!!!!!!(& go on a vacation for LIFE!!!!)

                    Which only goes to show you that when the Lottery Fairy sprinkles her dust from above, it might land on anyone's shoulders, rich or poor, smart or stupid, young or old, human or extraterrestrial  - all have their shot at the jackpot.

                    (Hmm... I'm going to have to check to see if one of the eligibility requirements is being from Earth.)


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                      Posted: June 22, 2007, 2:14 pm - IP Logged

                      A Florida financial-services firm employee and a Henrico County dental-clinic worker came forward Monday to claim a $44 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.

                      Dan Franks, who lives in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area, and Kimberly Swanson chose to take a lump sum payment of $25.3 million rather than annual payments of $1.69 million for 26 years. After taxes, each will pocket about $7 million.

                      "We are just your average hardworking people," Franks, a former Chesterfield County resident, said at a news conference.

                      The couple did not say what they plan to do with their millions. Their lawyer, William H. Shewmake, said Franks and Swanson — headed to the airport and an undisclosed location — had taken steps to manage their new wealth before going public.

                      Will they quit work now that they are millionaires?

                      "We enjoy our jobs," Franks said.

                      The couple purchased the winning ticket, beating 1-in-176 million odds, at a Henrico County gasoline station and convenience store on Memorial Day. The winning numbers were 2-24-44-51-54 and Mega Ball 7.

                      wow  super  rip  off  a  44 million  dollar  prize  chewed up in  TAXES  what  a  rip  off  from  44  million  to  7  milllon  each ?//

                      is  it  just  me  or  is  the  lottery  a  big  rip  off  when you  hit  the  big  one ???/  the  lottery  kept  around  30  million ????Mad

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