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After collecting big lottery prize, man goes to work

Georgia LotteryGeorgia Lottery: After collecting big lottery prize, man goes to work

Caleb Steele left his job long enough Thursday morning to collect the $500,000 prize he won on a scratch-off lottery ticket at a Duluth store. Then it was back to work — installing a basketball court in the yard of a nearby home.

"I'm a working man," said Steele, 35, of Acworth.

There was nothing unusual about him buying a $5 Players's Club lottery ticket on Nov. 7, the day his mother celebrated her birthday. He had previously won up to $100 playing scratch-off games.

A few days later, on his seventh wedding anniversary, Steele and his wife Nicole headed to Atlanta to the Georgia Lottery office with the winning ticket, which must be validated before a prizes are claimed. The odds of winning the top prize are 1 in 1,440,000. After taxes, Steele collected $345,000.

Steele's most recent ticket won him the top prize in the Player's Club game.

When he realized he'd won last Friday, he immediately called his wife.

"I asked her if she loved me, and then I went to work," said Steele, a contractor who installs epoxy floors and sports courts.

Many of his company's clients are based in north Fulton and Gwinnett, so he stopped at a Duluth Chevron on State Bridge Road before he headed to a job.

That night, he and his wife started planning a future that will be debt-free. They will also have a good Christmas.

"These are hard times, and I want to do what we have to survive," said Steele, after accepting an oversized check from a state lottery official at a press conference.

Store owner John Copeland of Marietta said Steele is the biggest scratch-off winner he's had. He owns two stores, but at one time ran as many as ten.

After the excitement of the lottery press conference, it was business as usual for Copeland and his workers.

"It's going to be quiet and boring here the rest of the day," store worker Sondra Martin said.


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DC81's avatar - batman39
United States
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August 31, 2007
985 Posts
Posted: November 14, 2008, 11:41 am - IP Logged

Of course he went back to work, did they expect the guy at his age to retire after winning $345,000?? I'm sure that doesn't include the potential remaining 10% he might have to pay at tax time which would put up at $295,000. It's not peanuts or anything but that's certainly not enough to live off for the rest of ones life, especially at his age. Anyway, congrats to him! It certainly is a nice boost to his bank account though.

You can't predict random.

    diamondpalace's avatar - Untitled 2.jpg
    Dallas, TX
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    Member #60284
    April 12, 2008
    3856 Posts
    Posted: November 14, 2008, 11:57 am - IP Logged

    Smart man. Don't quit the job unless the prize is at least few millions, after tax.

      Tenaj's avatar - michellea
      Charlotte NC
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      June 18, 2005
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      Posted: November 14, 2008, 1:08 pm - IP Logged

      Wouldn't it be something if this were our Caleb.


        ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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        November 21, 2007
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        Posted: November 14, 2008, 2:43 pm - IP Logged

        Wouldn't it be something if this were our Caleb.

        That would very cool!

        "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

          JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

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          Posted: November 15, 2008, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

          I wish I had $300,000 sitting my account collecting dust.   

            charmed7's avatar - Lottery-013.jpg
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            September 22, 2008
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            Posted: November 15, 2008, 1:18 pm - IP Logged

            A man who mind is on his money!!!  Hopefully he didn't put into his ira or his

            psp.  you have to be careful where u put your winnings.  Comerica will eat

            your money away with different fees for this and that.  I recently lost a

            $1000. in my mutal funds.   I think next I'll dig a hole in the backyard.

              GamerMom's avatar - tails

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              April 21, 2008
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              Posted: November 16, 2008, 7:21 pm - IP Logged

              I wouldn't even quit my job if I hit the minimum 3 million FLA lottery JP.  Insurance alone would eat me alive if I quit my job!!!

                crystaltips's avatar - Lottery-025.jpg
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                February 20, 2008
                51 Posts
                Posted: November 20, 2008, 7:40 am - IP Logged

                What a sensible guy! He hasn't won millions and he knows he still needs to work, congrats to him. :)

                "Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the rabbit." - R. E. Shay.

                  myzeus's avatar - Apollo
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                  March 24, 2008
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                  Posted: November 24, 2008, 11:36 pm - IP Logged

                  I would have gone back to work also. $345,000 would not be enough for me to quit my job. If it was over 1 Million then I would quit my job.