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California woman, 77, wins $37M lottery with Quick Picks

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A 77-year-old retired Salinas hospital worker and regular lottery player will collect $21.2 million in cash after winning Saturday's $37 million SuperLotto drawing.

Mitsuko Higashi presented her golden ticket at the Lottery's Hayward office and opted for the cash payment Monday.

Higashi told Lottery officials she's been playing regularly for 25 years, always buying her tickets at Las Lomas Market & Gas on San Juan Grade Road in Salinas, where the winning ticket was purchased. She was too sick to go out Saturday, but sent her daughter to buy $3 worth of Quick Picks.

She learned she'd won Monday morning when she checked the newspaper for the winning numbers. How did she feel when she realized all the numbers matched?

"How do you think I felt? I thought I lost my mind," she said, describing the experience like being doused with a bucket of ice water.

She said she knows what she wants to do with the winnings.

"I'm going to take care of my family," she said.

The owners of the Las Lomas Market will receive $185,000, or 0.5 percent of the jackpot, as a bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Jesse Lopez, a cashier at the market, said Higashi was a regular customer. He believed his friend and co-worker Miguel Sanchez sold the winning ticket Saturday.

Higashi always bought SuperLotto or Mega Millions tickets, Lopez said.

"All the time, she would say, 'When I win, I'll come back and see you,'" he said.

Asked what he would say to her if she visits the store again, he said, "Congratulations."

Monterey County Herald

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Posted: April 6, 2010, 9:06 am - IP Logged

That's awesome! Thumbs Up

I like to mix it up myself with QP's & chosen numbers.

$1,000,000

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    Posted: April 6, 2010, 9:27 am - IP Logged

    Many congratulations to Mitsuko Higashi and her family

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      Posted: April 6, 2010, 9:44 am - IP Logged

      Congradulations to the winner.  25 years and a QP won. on a fluke.  Wow ! For me thats a scary thought.

      I wonder why she turned in her ticket in Hayward?  thats at least a hundred miles from Salinas where she purchased her ticket.

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        Posted: April 6, 2010, 9:56 am - IP Logged

        Lots of Luck and a Ticket to Win It!

        Congrats to the Winner! Thumbs Up

        A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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          Posted: April 6, 2010, 1:36 pm - IP Logged

          This looks like a perfect opportunity for an "I told you so" speech from tiggs.

          C'mon now tiggs, tell all them system players how the geriatric 77 yr old granny with the 3 quick picks whooped 'em all.


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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            Posted: April 6, 2010, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

            This looks like a perfect opportunity for an "I told you so" speech from tiggs.

            C'mon now tiggs, tell all them system players how the geriatric 77 yr old granny with the 3 quick picks whooped 'em all.

            Thanks ridge..."tiggs told you so"!!!!!..hehehehe..Love it..QP's are where it's at baaaaaaaaaaaaaby!!!..

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              Posted: April 6, 2010, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to Mrs. Higashi on her win!

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

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                Posted: April 6, 2010, 3:44 pm - IP Logged

                25 years? wow. And I have only been at it for 6 yrs and I'm already giving up.

                I needed this story to boost my morale. 19 more years here I come!

                That money's gone fo ever

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                  Posted: April 6, 2010, 4:46 pm - IP Logged

                  Congradulations to the winner.  25 years and a QP won. on a fluke.  Wow ! For me thats a scary thought.

                  I wonder why she turned in her ticket in Hayward?  thats at least a hundred miles from Salinas where she purchased her ticket.

                  Hayward is the closest lottery office to Salinas.

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                    Posted: April 6, 2010, 6:05 pm - IP Logged

                    This looks like a perfect opportunity for an "I told you so" speech from tiggs.

                    C'mon now tiggs, tell all them system players how the geriatric 77 yr old granny with the 3 quick picks whooped 'em all.

                    Something about the way you make your points makes me laugh every time.  Thanks for that!

                     

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                      Posted: April 6, 2010, 7:16 pm - IP Logged

                      And take a 30 year annuity!  She will  be 107 when she collects her last check.... :-)

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                        Posted: April 6, 2010, 7:36 pm - IP Logged

                        And take a 30 year annuity!  She will  be 107 when she collects her last check.... :-)

                        MarkP

                        This could be a smart thing for her..Leave what she don't need in her will..Less money to worry about while she's still here..Age is a funny thing and winning the lottery can be stressful at any age..

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                          Posted: April 6, 2010, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

                          Thanks ridge..."tiggs told you so"!!!!!..hehehehe..Love it..QP's are where it's at baaaaaaaaaaaaaby!!!..

                          HAHAHA QP's are the way to go IF ya wanna take 25 years to win LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                          Congrats to the winner!!!! Everytime I see Hayward I think of Mervyn's : )

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                            Posted: April 6, 2010, 8:54 pm - IP Logged

                            And take a 30 year annuity!  She will  be 107 when she collects her last check.... :-)

                            MarkP

                            The Herald out of Monteray County published that she opted to take the cash.

                            Congratulations to Ms. Higashi and her family.

                            Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

                            Come on Jackpot!!!