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Jackpot winner says business as usual at executive assistant job

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Mystery winner claimed huge SuperLotto Plus jackpot 

Judy Taylor won $93 million in the California Lottery, and said she was going to go back to work as an executive assistant.

The Alameda resident told state lottery officials she would use the money to travel to Greek islands and Hong Kong, buy a new car, and, as a lifelong renter, finally break into the Bay Area housing market.

Lottery officials said Monday that Taylor won the Sept. 1 jackpot for the Super Lotto Plus game, ending a mystery that began last week when the lottery said no one had come forward.

The winner bought the ticket from a gas station on Mecartney Road, the lottery said. Simon Kim, the gas station's owner, said last week that he recognized the woman as a regular customer but didn't know who she was.

It wasn't until Taylor saw a television news report — with her image from the gas station's security camera — that she thought she might have the winning ticket, said Olga Gallardo, a spokeswoman for the California State Lottery. A niece then looked up the numbers on the Internet, and Taylor let lottery officials know Friday that she was the winner.

The lottery typically makes winners of big jackpots available to the media, but Taylor asked to not be contacted, Gallardo said Monday. No one answered the door of her apartment, one of 36 units in a complex in Alameda.

Taylor will have 60 days to decide whether she wants a lump sum that is just over half the total winnings, or she can get 26 annual payments that start with $2.3 million and gradually increase up to $4.7 million by the final year, Gallardo said.

Kim will get $465,000 for selling the winning ticket.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Coastal Georgia
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Posted: September 12, 2007, 3:03 pm - IP Logged

Well, now that she has stepped forward, I hope she chooses cash option and doesn't have financial problems later in life !!!

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: September 12, 2007, 3:06 pm - IP Logged

    Yeah right.  Business as usual.  Let's see what happens when she realizes she can buy her company 10 times over.

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      Posted: September 12, 2007, 4:25 pm - IP Logged

      congratulations to her on the win but i think they released the image to the news too soon. if i only had a month left to claim it then i would understand it but they released that security footage very early and she didnt want a press conference and she isnt answering her phone or door so she isnt acting like someone who wanted everyone watching the news to know she won the lottery.

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        Posted: September 12, 2007, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

        congratulations to her on the win but i think they released the image to the news too soon. if i only had a month left to claim it then i would understand it but they released that security footage very early and she didnt want a press conference and she isnt answering her phone or door so she isnt acting like someone who wanted everyone watching the news to know she won the lottery.

        I didn't get that impression from this article.  Was this written on another thread?  Sounds as if she didn't even realize she won until she saw the news release.  To me that's very strange.  Why buy a ticket if you aren't going to check the number right after the drawing? I know people who pile them into a sewing basket and check them every few months.  Doesn't make any sense to me.

        JAG, I agree that most people will eventually leave their jobs, but unless she's hassled by her coworkers, I don't see what's wrong with settling down slowly and keeping your regular routine.  Even a nice condo in the Bay area will cost her over a million.  It's good to have a job to go to every day if you're not miserable where you work, especially if they offer good benefits and a nice work environment.  I think many people go into a state of shock & disbelief. 

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          Posted: September 13, 2007, 5:14 pm - IP Logged

          I think she is just saying that to sound humble.  I'll bet she will not return to work to her 30k+  job when she  just won almost $100 Million.  I would not go back if I was her.

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            Posted: September 13, 2007, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

            I Agree!  I thought the same thing. We hear this all the time from JP winners... I wonder how many actually keep their jobs ?

            I bet the batting average is pretty darn low.

             

                                           

                          

             

             

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              I didn't get that impression from this article.  Was this written on another thread?  Sounds as if she didn't even realize she won until she saw the news release.  To me that's very strange.  Why buy a ticket if you aren't going to check the number right after the drawing? I know people who pile them into a sewing basket and check them every few months.  Doesn't make any sense to me.

              JAG, I agree that most people will eventually leave their jobs, but unless she's hassled by her coworkers, I don't see what's wrong with settling down slowly and keeping your regular routine.  Even a nice condo in the Bay area will cost her over a million.  It's good to have a job to go to every day if you're not miserable where you work, especially if they offer good benefits and a nice work environment.  I think many people go into a state of shock & disbelief. 

              "It wasn't until Taylor saw a television news report — with her image from the gas station's security camera — that she thought she might have the winning ticket, said Olga Gallardo, a spokeswoman for the California State Lottery." --Justxploring this is the part of the article where she said she didnt know she wont until she saw her image on the security camera footage that was shown on the news.

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                Posted: September 13, 2007, 6:04 pm - IP Logged

                I highly doubt she'll keep her job.

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                  Posted: September 19, 2007, 8:40 pm - IP Logged

                  I highly doubt she'll keep her job.

                  Why not? some people like their jobs.....nothing wrong with that... actually I think she is a wise woman

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                    Posted: September 20, 2007, 8:36 am - IP Logged

                    she sounds like some troubling winners we have witnessed.

                    May be she has not actually seen the money yet.

                    Come on lady, you won  $93 millions not $93 thousands. 

                     

                    Is she greedy or still in shock by a big windfall? Or lack of common sense like some miserable winners again. 

                     

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                      Posted: September 25, 2007, 7:00 pm - IP Logged

                      I'll  give her a month . She might really intend to stay ---  but her co-worker won't let her remain peacefully.

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                        Posted: September 29, 2007, 10:35 pm - IP Logged

                        although people say they "enjoy" there jobs and will continue to work..give them Millions and 90 to 180 days and i promise you "life" will get in the way of that JOB...once the $$$ sets in,the mind clears,they will find themselves busy doing "stuff"...hobbies,traveling,etc and will figure out the JOB is getting in the way and taking up tooo much time