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California woman receives surprise $1 million lottery check

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When Judith Tate showed up at Ron's Liquors in San Jose Thursday for a "community party" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the California Lottery, she thought she might win $1,000.

Instead, the 64-year-old retired accounting supervisor was handed a check with three extra zeros. Yup. A cool $1 million.

"Oh my God," Tate repeated in front of a gaggle of lottery executives, some of them tearing up just like her. She buried her face in her hands, and then turned to her 41-year-old son, Will Moore, and buried her face in his chest.

"You OK?" he asked his mother. Then he gently instructed her: "Breathe. Breathe. Breathe."

Tate caught her breath for a moment, her cheeks still flushed with excitement.

"This does not say $1,000!" she said, faking outrage and fanning herself with her fingertips. "This is surreal."

As she does regularly, Tate recently bought a $5 Scratchers ticket from the liquor store on Flickinger Avenue. But she didn't win.

So Tate re-entered her serial numbers online at www.calottery.com/replay as part of the lottery's Replay game, which started in 2009 and randomly draws winners from used tickets that didn't win, according to lottery spokeswoman Kelly Kell. Until now, winners only received prizes of $1,000, Kell said.

Kell said lottery officials lured Tate to Thursday's celebration under the guise that she, too, was just a regular Replay winner.

But Tate's Scratchers card was special. It was randomly chosen as the grand prize draw, the biggest Replay amount the lottery has ever given away in this game of second chances. Tate becomes the 1,960th millionaire created by the lottery since it began operations on Oct. 3, 1985, according to lottery literature.

As for her plans on how she'll spend the money, Tate could barely breathe, let alone think clearly about what she'll do.

"I don't know," she said, adding that she had actually never really thought she'd win a lottery prize that big. She couldn't even decide whether she'd dine out tonight. She called her husband from the party to tell him she won, and even though it was hard to hear him over the screaming in the liquor store, she thinks he told her "congratulations." He's very private, Tate said. But, she joked, "You'd think he would have left work."

Tate brought two of her three grown children with her. Her son, Brandon, a Marine, didn't attend, as he has recently returned from a tour of duty overseas. But she brought Moore and daughter Michelle Tate, both of whom said their mother is a giving, loving woman who deserves this prize.

Moore said he wants his mother to travel, as she has spent her entire life helping others, no questions asked.

"We're going to enjoy watching her spend her money," Michelle Tate said.

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San Jose Mercury News

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dpoly1's avatar - driver
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Posted: October 8, 2010, 10:19 am - IP Logged

NICE!

I am hoping that the PA Lottery will "surprise" me with the first Jackpot Check for PA in the Mega Millions!

Party

They can show the check ........ but not me .........

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    Posted: October 8, 2010, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to this winner. I didn't know that person won $1 million. How did this person win $1 million?

      rdgrnr's avatar - walt
      Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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      Posted: October 8, 2010, 4:00 pm - IP Logged

      Nice lady, nice family, nice story, glad when they turn out like this one.

      I hope this makes her retirement years very happy ones.


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

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

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

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        Posted: October 8, 2010, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

        I feel you, They can show the ticket but not the face.  I would have so many lost family members than you could know for sure, also I would be afraid that some fool would try to hold one of my grandchildren for the money, it's crazy if you win the problem that could accure if your face is placed all over the newspaper and internet.  I could sure use the money to forfell some dream I've had in helping other find their self alone with JESUS.   I would like someone to please share with me the winning powerball numbers for July 17, 2010.

        If you can, I would more than appreciate you letting me know what they were.  If the good LORD bless me, I would bless you.  Don't want it all, just a nice piece.  If you got Viginia powerball numbers for that date please pass it on to me.

        You have a BLESS day!

        Don't want it all, just a nice piece.

          HaveABall's avatar - rocket

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          Posted: October 8, 2010, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

          Congratulations on your surprise $1,000,000 pre-taxed windfall!

          I'm surprised that the CA Lottery was able to get so many people to take a weekday off from work and drive far in order to receive only a $1,000 pre-taxed check.

          Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

          Disney

            wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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            Posted: October 8, 2010, 11:28 pm - IP Logged

            I feel you, They can show the ticket but not the face.  I would have so many lost family members than you could know for sure, also I would be afraid that some fool would try to hold one of my grandchildren for the money, it's crazy if you win the problem that could accure if your face is placed all over the newspaper and internet.  I could sure use the money to forfell some dream I've had in helping other find their self alone with JESUS.   I would like someone to please share with me the winning powerball numbers for July 17, 2010.

            If you can, I would more than appreciate you letting me know what they were.  If the good LORD bless me, I would bless you.  Don't want it all, just a nice piece.  If you got Viginia powerball numbers for that date please pass it on to me.

            You have a BLESS day!

            Hi Candy3, welcome to Lottery Post!!

              wizeguy's avatar - animaniacs04

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              Posted: October 8, 2010, 11:29 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to the Tate family!

                victorl3ichiban's avatar - georgemichael
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                Posted: October 9, 2010, 11:05 am - IP Logged

                This lady lives a block from me!! I was really surprise when I saw her picture on Yahoo. Suck for her that she can't keep it annonymous since CA Lottery is trying to make a advertisement by using her.

                  rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                  Posted: October 9, 2010, 5:54 pm - IP Logged

                  This lady lives a block from me!! I was really surprise when I saw her picture on Yahoo. Suck for her that she can't keep it annonymous since CA Lottery is trying to make a advertisement by using her.

                  Unfortunately, you have to move now victor.

                  Think about what the odds against two big winners being a block away from each other are.

                  Can you say super, ultra-astronomical? I knew you could.

                   

                  I would recommend you move to Arizona. You don't need any permit to open-carry guns there which makes it a fun place to live.

                  It drives the libs absolutely insane! 

                  I used to go to popular lib meccas like Sedona and I would be absolutely bristling with weaponry and I'd just walk up and down the downtown area giving them crazy looks and smiles. Nobody wanted to make eye contact, let alone talk to me. What's funny is that the lib men get way more scared than the lib wimmins. Male liberals are terrified of guns. So I would move there if I was you. It's worth it just for the comedic effect. I wish I had made videos.

                  Good luck with your new life in Arizona! I'd help you move but I'm not that close.


                                                               
                                       
                                                           

                   

                   

                   

                   

                                                                                                                     

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

                                                                                                              --Edmund Burke

                   

                   

                    sully16's avatar - sharan
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                    Posted: October 10, 2010, 7:36 pm - IP Logged

                    lol.   Congrats to the Tate Family.

                     HyperBe Happy.

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                      Posted: October 11, 2010, 4:34 am - IP Logged

                      I bought lottery ticket on this Saturday at a gas station every close to where this lady lives. The cashier said, "She is just down the road." Now I cross my fingers for Mega Millions this Tuesday.

                       

                        THRUST's avatar - f35l

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                        Posted: October 12, 2010, 12:52 am - IP Logged

                        I am hoping for my million dollar check here soon.  Yes Nod

                        Sweet win for her! Thumbs Up

                        $1,000,000