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Lottery winner: 'Kind of exciting, I guess'

Virginia LotteryVirginia Lottery: Lottery winner: 'Kind of exciting, I guess'

Dorothy Elliott stays low-key.

She just won the lottery — $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. But when the 68-year-old Norfolk resident met with the media this morning at the 7-Eleven store where she bought the fateful Win For Life ticket, she seemed completely unfazed by her good fortune.

"When I looked at the numbers in the paper, I had to read them a couple of times to make sure they matched," she said. "It was kind of exciting, I guess."

In the Win for Life drawing on June 13, the random numbers on Elliott's "Easy Play" ticket matched the six numbers drawn — 12, 29, 31, 32, 34 and 42.

Elliott works in a warehouse, packaging and shipping nuts and bolts. She has no immediate plans to retire.

"I still work six hours a day, from 9 to 3," she said. "I'd like to stay on at least until Sept. 13. That's my anniversary at the warehouse — 23 years. I thought when I got to be 70, I'd think about retiring, but I don't make a lot of money, and the Social Security each month — that ain't much. But the lottery, that's a good supplement."

Elliott said she plays the lottery every week, always letting the computer randomly pick her numbers. She said she never spends more than $2 on a ticket. Likewise, when she goes to a casino, she only takes $200. She says that will still be her limit even after her lottery win.

"I'm a Capricorn," she said. "They're kind of stingy anyway."

With the lottery, she said, she has always played the Win For Life game.

But now that she's won (for life), she's not going to play it anymore.

"Today," she said, "I bought me two tickets for the Mega Millions. I thought I'd give Mega Millions a try."

Dorothy Elliott of Norfolk receives her souvenir lottery check from Virginia Lottery Deputy Director Richard Williams.

Dorothy Elliott of Norfolk receives her souvenir lottery check from Virginia Lottery
Deputy Director Richard Williams.

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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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Posted: June 20, 2007, 11:26 am - IP Logged

Nice story.  She only plays $2 each draw.  Goes to show you don't need to spend lots of money to win the lottery.  Always have limits.

 

 

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    Posted: June 20, 2007, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

    I guess you should feel just as good about your one ticket, as say ten!

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      Posted: June 20, 2007, 11:43 pm - IP Logged

      Nice story.  She only plays $2 each draw.  Goes to show you don't need to spend lots of money to win the lottery.  Always have limits.

       

       

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      PSYKOMO want's to 2nd D motion Party

      & CONGRAT's......Dorthy Elliott!!!

      just tell D BOSSMAN  "U" have  earned ....respectt

      spelled PartyParty  "RESPECT"

      LOL>>>>>>>>>>>>>>(WIN for LIFE is not an easy....JACKPOT)

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        Posted: June 21, 2007, 3:04 am - IP Logged

        Yes a couple of dollars is all that is needed to win. But I would prefer the win now as opposed to when I am 68. So "more chances" for me is very ideal.

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          Posted: June 21, 2007, 3:18 am - IP Logged

          It seems to me that most winners are old or older folks.  Haven't seen a 25 to 35-year old winner yet.

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            Posted: June 21, 2007, 9:33 am - IP Logged

            It seems to me that most winners are old or older folks.  Haven't seen a 25 to 35-year old winner yet.

            For some reason I believe most people who play the lottery ARE a little older. Young people have too many other things on their mind, at least I did when I was younger. School, education, friends, parties, etc. Most aren't thinking about lottery. Nowadays they're more into casino gambling and poker.

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              Posted: June 21, 2007, 12:16 pm - IP Logged

              For some reason I believe most people who play the lottery ARE a little older. Young people have too many other things on their mind, at least I did when I was younger. School, education, friends, parties, etc. Most aren't thinking about lottery. Nowadays they're more into casino gambling and poker.

              I Agree! i agree with you lottolaughs because im 29 and most of my friends think im wasting my money on the lottery. i remember some young megamillions winners in georgia i think  they were in their 20's one split a jackpot and it was a young woman and the other one was a man who was on his way to iraq with the military but he tried to get an honorable discharge because he didnt want to go to iraq anymore and leave his wife and kids behind because he was already set for life after winning.

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                Posted: June 21, 2007, 2:45 pm - IP Logged

                well, I think she could have showed a little more excitement. I can just look at her and tell I would not like her. Who wins and acts like that? Ugh! I hate seeing people like that win ! Do you know how much a 1000 dollars a week would help me?

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                  Posted: June 21, 2007, 3:59 pm - IP Logged

                  It seems to me that most winners are old or older folks.  Haven't seen a 25 to 35-year old winner yet.

                  Actually, Virginia had it happen on their scratch off version of the game.

                  http://www.valottery.com/news/press_article.asp?artid=419&search=spring%20break

                  I think he's probably younger than 25.

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                    Posted: June 21, 2007, 4:14 pm - IP Logged

                    Actually, Virginia had it happen on their scratch off version of the game.

                    http://www.valottery.com/news/press_article.asp?artid=419&search=spring%20break

                    I think he's probably younger than 25.

                    WOW!  That kid looks like 19.  The story said he won during spring break. Oh my, what a nice start in life to win $1,000 per week for life.

                     

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                      Posted: June 21, 2007, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

                      This lady is probably always low key and was restrained while being interviewed.  Not everybody expresses emotion publicly.   I'm sure she's very, very happy.  Or - maybe it hasn't sunk in yet, since she's still working for the money to supplement her social security check.  She said she doesn't earn a lot working at the warehouse, so I imagine $1,000 a week is quite a nice surprise.

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                        Posted: June 21, 2007, 5:05 pm - IP Logged

                        This lady is probably always low key and was restrained while being interviewed.  Not everybody expresses emotion publicly.   I'm sure she's very, very happy.  Or - maybe it hasn't sunk in yet, since she's still working for the money to supplement her social security check.  She said she doesn't earn a lot working at the warehouse, so I imagine $1,000 a week is quite a nice surprise.

                        I agree.  I'm also one that doesn't easily show emotion.  If I feel pressured to do it, I end up looking like a complete idiot cuz it just doesn't come naturally and I usually over do it.

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                          Posted: June 23, 2007, 10:17 am - IP Logged

                          well, I think she could have showed a little more excitement. I can just look at her and tell I would not like her. Who wins and acts like that? Ugh! I hate seeing people like that win ! Do you know how much a 1000 dollars a week would help me?

                          I think it's bad enough to have your life messed up with unnecessary publicity.  And now to deal with people who want to decide how much emotion you're supposed to show?  Sour grapes.