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Calif. man with 3 jobs wins $39M lottery jackpot

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49-year-old plans to take wife to Hawaii — and hire financial adviser

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — For 20 years, Clyde Persley of Santa Cruz worked more than 60 hours a week making candy, driving limousines and waiting by the phone to pick up extra hours at a restaurant. He bought lottery tickets and hoped for his big break.

And he got it.

Persley, 49, turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket to the California Lottery office Tuesday night, said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston, and will receive a check for about $16 million in four to six weeks.

"I'm so happy for my family," said Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter. "We gotta' get the money first, but we are definitely not going to waste it."

Persley's big plans? To sit on it.

"The next step is to get financial advisers," he said Wednesday outside his apartment building off Soquel Drive near Dominican Hospital. "But I have to take my wife to Hawaii. She really wants that."

Persley is a Santa Cruzan through and through. He was born in Santa Cruz and he graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1977.

Twice a week, Persley would stop in at the Santa Cruz Market, the store that will get $140,000 for selling the winning ticket, to play the lottery.

"I always imagined I would walk into the store and find out that I won," he said.

And that's what happened Monday.

When he went into the market to buy lotto tickets, Bankook Choi, the store owner, told him the store had won and to check his tickets. Persley went to visit his wife, Pauline, at work and checked the numbers in the parking lot. All six numbers matched.

"I felt calm, and just so happy," he said. "I told my wife and she started screaming and jumping up and down."

Persley has been working three jobs for the past six years to support his family. He worked part time as a limousine driver and on-call at El Palomar restaurant, but he worked full time for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, formerly Harmony Foods, operating candy-making machines.

Although he no longer has to work, Persley finds it hard to think about leaving his job.

"I really appreciate my life with Harmony Foods," he said of his 26-year stint there. "I can't say enough how much my work has meant to me."

While there are no plans for penthouses or private jets just yet, Persley does see relaxation and family time in his future.

"People think we are going to jump up and start spending all our money," he said. "But that's just not the way this works."

His priorities include a college fund for his daughter, support for his mother and his father-in-law and traveling.

"I want to live a quiet life without stress," Persley said. "There is not much more you could ask for."

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Posted: June 29, 2009, 2:01 pm - IP Logged

Congrats to him and his family!

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

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    Posted: June 29, 2009, 2:20 pm - IP Logged

    thats awesome!!!!!


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      Posted: June 29, 2009, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

      49-year-old plans to take wife to Hawaii — and hire financial adviser

      For 20 years, Clyde Persley of Santa Cruz worked more than 60 hours a week making candy, driving limousines and waiting by the phone to pick up extra hours at a restaurant. He bought lottery tickets and hoped for his big break.

      And he got it.

      Persley, 49, turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket to the California Lottery office Tuesday night, said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston, and will receive a check for about $16 million in four to six weeks.

      "I'm so happy for my family," said Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter. "We gotta' get the money first, but we are definitely not going to waste it."

      Persley's big plans? To sit on it.

      "The next step is to get financial advisers," he said Wednesday outside his apartment building off Soquel Drive near Dominican Hospital. "But I have to take my wife to Hawaii. She really wants that."

      Persley is a Santa Cruzan through and through. He was born in Santa Cruz and he graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1977.

      Twice a week, Persley would stop in at the Santa Cruz Market, the store that will get $140,000 for selling the winning ticket, to play the lottery.

      "I always imagined I would walk into the store and find out that I won," he said.

      And that's what happened Monday.

      When he went into the market to buy lotto tickets, Bankook Choi, the store owner, told him the store had won and to check his tickets. Persley went to visit his wife, Pauline, at work and checked the numbers in the parking lot. All six numbers matched.

      "I felt calm, and just so happy," he said. "I told my wife and she started screaming and jumping up and down."

      Persley has been working three jobs for the past six years to support his family. He worked part time as a limousine driver and on-call at El Palomar restaurant, but he worked full time for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, formerly Harmony Foods, operating candy-making machines.

      Although he no longer has to work, Persley finds it hard to think about leaving his job.

      "I really appreciate my life with Harmony Foods," he said of his 26-year stint there. "I can't say enough how much my work has meant to me."

      While there are no plans for penthouses or private jets just yet, Persley does see relaxation and family time in his future.

      "People think we are going to jump up and start spending all our money," he said. "But that's just not the way this works."

      His priorities include a college fund for his daughter, support for his mother and his father-in-law and traveling.

      "I want to live a quiet life without stress," Persley said. "There is not much more you could ask for."

      Congrats,Clyde!

      Good luck living a quiet life with no stress.

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        Posted: June 29, 2009, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

        Awesome, congratulations to him and his family!!!

        Good luck to everyone!

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          Posted: June 29, 2009, 4:16 pm - IP Logged

          I saw this on CNN and was so happy for the man. I hope the money will bring him and his people tonnes of joy.

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            Posted: June 29, 2009, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

            <snip> why is he only getting 16 million from a reported 49 million dollar jackpot? can anyone explain this to me? i dont mean to make it sound like 16 million is peanuts but i would expect to get at least half of a reported 49 million dollar jackpot.

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              Posted: June 29, 2009, 4:44 pm - IP Logged

              <snip> why is he only getting 16 million from a reported 49 million dollar jackpot? can anyone explain this to me? i dont mean to make it sound like 16 million is peanuts but i would expect to get at least half of a reported 49 million dollar jackpot.

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              Obviously you haven't read anything about how lottery jackpots are paid and the options winners have.  First the jackpot was the amount its cash value would pay over 25yrs or longer if invested in an annuity.  The winner has the option of taking his money that way or taking its cash value.   If he choose the latter then local, state and federal taxes will be withheld and he will receive a check for what's left.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: June 29, 2009, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

                Talking about "JUST IN TIME RESCUE"..

                When i was 18 i used to work 5 days a week at a McDonalds and i felt miserable...Now imagine 3 jobs...If there are people who should win the Jackpot more than otheres are people that work 3 jobs...

                The Forex trades: 1.6 Trillion dollars EVERY day, that´s more than the GDP of the Carribbean Central America, COMBINED. Enough to feed every crook out there for centuries...To all Geniuses & Powers Countries of the World the Planet needs breakthroughs in all Medicine, Veterinary, Biology related fields, Psychology, Population Psychology/Sociology..They need to genetically ingeneer new plants species/types to give more variety of plants and thus have more resources for combating diseases¨


                 


                 


                 

                 


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                  Posted: June 29, 2009, 5:00 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to him. Party

                  "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious."
                  - Vince Lombardi

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                    Posted: June 29, 2009, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                    Great story.  Congrats to him and his family.

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                      Posted: June 29, 2009, 5:40 pm - IP Logged

                      It is always great when someone who really needs the money wins it. Congrats!

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                        Posted: June 29, 2009, 6:07 pm - IP Logged

                        <snip> why is he only getting 16 million from a reported 49 million dollar jackpot? can anyone explain this to me? i dont mean to make it sound like 16 million is peanuts but i would expect to get at least half of a reported 49 million dollar jackpot.

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                        It's funny that you chose the name "cursed", and then the very first word of the first post you make here is a curse.

                        The payout is lowered for two reasons: "cash option" and "taxes".

                        Isn't everyone always saying the rich don't get taxed enough?  Well, I would say a lottery winner qualifies as "rich".

                        If you want lottery winners to keep more of their jackpots, simply support efforts to lower taxes all-around.  Then they'll keep more of it.

                         

                        Check the State Lottery Report Card
                        What grade did your lottery earn?

                         

                        Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
                        Help eliminate computerized drawings!

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                          Posted: June 29, 2009, 6:35 pm - IP Logged

                          It's nice to hear success stories like that.

                          Good for them :)

                          Balance is Key

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                            Posted: June 29, 2009, 6:50 pm - IP Logged

                            49-year-old plans to take wife to Hawaii — and hire financial adviser

                            For 20 years, Clyde Persley of Santa Cruz worked more than 60 hours a week making candy, driving limousines and waiting by the phone to pick up extra hours at a restaurant. He bought lottery tickets and hoped for his big break.

                            And he got it.

                            Persley, 49, turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket to the California Lottery office Tuesday night, said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston, and will receive a check for about $16 million in four to six weeks.

                            "I'm so happy for my family," said Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter. "We gotta' get the money first, but we are definitely not going to waste it."

                            Persley's big plans? To sit on it.

                            "The next step is to get financial advisers," he said Wednesday outside his apartment building off Soquel Drive near Dominican Hospital. "But I have to take my wife to Hawaii. She really wants that."

                            Persley is a Santa Cruzan through and through. He was born in Santa Cruz and he graduated from Santa Cruz High School in 1977.

                            Twice a week, Persley would stop in at the Santa Cruz Market, the store that will get $140,000 for selling the winning ticket, to play the lottery.

                            "I always imagined I would walk into the store and find out that I won," he said.

                            And that's what happened Monday.

                            When he went into the market to buy lotto tickets, Bankook Choi, the store owner, told him the store had won and to check his tickets. Persley went to visit his wife, Pauline, at work and checked the numbers in the parking lot. All six numbers matched.

                            "I felt calm, and just so happy," he said. "I told my wife and she started screaming and jumping up and down."

                            Persley has been working three jobs for the past six years to support his family. He worked part time as a limousine driver and on-call at El Palomar restaurant, but he worked full time for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, formerly Harmony Foods, operating candy-making machines.

                            Although he no longer has to work, Persley finds it hard to think about leaving his job.

                            "I really appreciate my life with Harmony Foods," he said of his 26-year stint there. "I can't say enough how much my work has meant to me."

                            While there are no plans for penthouses or private jets just yet, Persley does see relaxation and family time in his future.

                            "People think we are going to jump up and start spending all our money," he said. "But that's just not the way this works."

                            His priorities include a college fund for his daughter, support for his mother and his father-in-law and traveling.

                            "I want to live a quiet life without stress," Persley said. "There is not much more you could ask for."

                            Smart man. Wtg Party