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Janitorial entrepreneur sweeps up lottery millions

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Janitorial entrepreneur sweeps up lottery millions

After playing for years, a California woman hit the Mega Millions jackpot for $60 million.

Zorina Kroop, a California businesswoman who helped build up a thriving overnight janitorial service over the past 27 years, cleaned up somewhere new this week: the lottery.

The 63-year-old Sherman Oaks resident will be announced today by California Lottery officials as the winner of a $60-million Mega Millions jackpot.

Kroop found out that she was the big winner in the multi-state game late Wednesday when she dropped by the 7-Eleven store where for years she has bought lottery tickets twice a week. After scanning her ticket and learning she had won money, Kroop asked the store manager to verify her earnings. The answer came quickly: "He said, 'Sit down. You just won the Mega, $60 million.' And I said, 'You're joking!' "

"I was stunned," Kroop said. "I had to take a tranquilizer, because I was getting palpitations already, I was so excited."

When she woke up Thursday morning, Kroop said, her dog, a Chihuahua, "was sleeping next to me, and I looked at her and I said, 'Chaiya, we're millionaires!' "

Partly to settle her nerves, Kroop went grocery shopping with a cousin Thursday. And Kroop soon decided she could spend her money a little more freely than usual. "I said, 'You know what, I'm not getting the discount plastic bags.' "

Kroop plans to use some of her winnings to hire registered nurses to provide around-the-clock care for her elderly mother, who suffers from dementia and paralysis and is living in a convalescent home. She also plans to pay for her uncle and aunt to live in an assisted-living home.

In addition, Kroop said she will give money to charities that aid research into pediatric AIDS and pancreatic cancer, the disease that took her husband's life more than a quarter-century ago.

But the British-born Kroop, many of whose relatives fled the Nazis in Europe during World War II, also plans to enjoy her money, which she will take in a lump sum of slightly more than $30 million. "I'm going to party. I'm going to see my family in Israel, my family in New York, my family in London, and I'm going to the Greek isles, which has been a dream of mine," she said.

"I'm very, very grateful. This is a wonderful country. Money does grow on trees."

LA Times

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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

United States
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March 23, 2004
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Posted: September 28, 2007, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

WOW~Great story!!   

    konane's avatar - wallace
    Atlanta, GA
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    March 13, 2003
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    Posted: September 28, 2007, 8:55 pm - IP Logged

    Absolutely awesome, good for her!!!!  Huge congrats!!  Party

    Good luck to everyone!

      Guru101's avatar - rw6jhh
      United States
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      January 7, 2007
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      Posted: September 28, 2007, 10:30 pm - IP Logged

      Good for her. Congratulations Zorina!!!!

      Gonna win.Big Smile

        awwcrap's avatar - moon
        United States
        Member #37768
        April 19, 2006
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        Posted: September 28, 2007, 11:10 pm - IP Logged

        sniff,,this makes me happy

          dphillips's avatar - littleuns
          Albuquerque, New Mexico
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          Member #5128
          June 18, 2004
          377 Posts
          Posted: September 29, 2007, 9:36 am - IP Logged

          So, patience and tenacity pays off.  Again, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

          See Ya!-- Bye, bye!  When you win, may you glow as brightly as theSun Smiley

            tntea's avatar - Lottery-059.jpg

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            June 30, 2004
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            Posted: September 29, 2007, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

            keep playing

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