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$50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration

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It can be hard to tell who is more impacted by a $50 million lottery ticket.

Richard McMullen, the 54-year old Tallahassee resident and jackpot winner, has stayed out of the public eye since the lottery results were announced last week. Florida Lottery officials said he has requested "minimal media coverage."

The Circle K where he bought the multi-million-dollar ticket, on the other hand, hasn't stopped buzzing with attention and customers hoping for lightning to strike a second time.

It's a strange situation, and one that was completely unexpected, said store manager Patrice Richardson. She was not in the store when McMullen bought his ticket, but she said figuring things out was easy once the media started calling.

"Tuesday (Dec. 27) we started getting the calls," she said. "By Wednesday (Dec. 28) everyone was coming in asking, 'Can I get a ticket?' It's everybody. Even people who have never even played before are coming in."

Florida Lottery officials honored the Circle K on Capital Circle Northeast by Miccosukee Road on Wednesday for its contributions to the Lottery and for selling the ticket that created Florida's 1,000th jackpot winner — the ninth in Tallahassee.

McMullen was conspicuously absent from the celebration where Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell presented Richardson with a plaque and a check for $150,000 to commemorate Circle K's contributions to the lottery and the educational funds the lottery aids.

O'Connell said it's up to individual winners whether or not they choose to step into the spotlight after picking up millions of dollars. She said the real purpose of the lottery is to provide funds for education.

Connie Barnes, spokeswoman for the Florida Lottery, said since 2001, Circle K stores across Florida have made $1.459 billion in revenue from lottery sales. More than $400 million of that has gone back to educational funds.

"It's all about education," she said. "The mission of the Florida Lottery is to build revenue for education. We make monthly transfers to the Department of Education. Hundreds of millions of dollars."

She added the lotto's partnership with Circle K and other retailers is "symbiotic." Jeff Powell, the regional operations director for Circle K in Florida, agreed. He was also present for the presentation of the $150,000 check.

"I'm very excited to be working with the Florida Lottery in this," he said. "This is some great exposure for us at Circle K and our partnership with the lotto is very strong."

Powell wasn't the only excited one. Tiffany Mitchell, a customer service representative at the now-famous Circle K, said she might try playing the same numbers for the next decade in the hope of winning a $50 million bonus. That was the strategy McMullen employed until he won the jackpot.

The winning numbers were 2, 11, 15, 19, 24 and 26. McMullen got all six correct on Christmas Eve.

"As soon as they found out (McMullen) won, I was here in the store to hear all the hoopla," she said. "It was awesome. They say we have the lucky touch or the magic touch. Everyone is feeling the aura out here."

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Posted: January 6, 2012, 7:49 am - IP Logged

Smart decision! Wink I would also be a no show.  Don't need all the media frenzy and the envious nut-jobs who resent your good fate.   Mad

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    Posted: January 6, 2012, 8:44 am - IP Logged

    Smart decision! Wink I would also be a no show.  Don't need all the media frenzy and the envious nut-jobs who resent your good fate.   Mad

    I Agree!

      LottoGuyBC's avatar - Lottery-050.jpg
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      Posted: January 6, 2012, 8:44 am - IP Logged

      I'm willing to do a precorded simulcast Hiding Behind Computer

      "You have to be in it to win it!"

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        Posted: January 6, 2012, 9:13 am - IP Logged

        I Agree!

        I Agree!Me,too.

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          Posted: January 6, 2012, 10:19 am - IP Logged

          No cameras or reporters for me .............. just money

          smart move ...................... money is the only way to go green

          Type

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            Posted: January 6, 2012, 10:47 am - IP Logged

            once i win if people want to hear from me they can ring my prerecorded 1900 number

            2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN = -106; FEB= -81; MAR= -131; APR= - 87: MAY= -91; JUN= -39; JUL=-134; AUG= -124; SEP = -123; OCT= -84  NOV=- 73 TOT= -3498

            keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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              Posted: January 6, 2012, 11:14 am - IP Logged

              once i win if people want to hear from me they can ring my prerecorded 1900 number

              I Agree!

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                Posted: January 6, 2012, 12:07 pm - IP Logged

                WHY??????

                 

                WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD HE WANT PUBLICITY

                 

                JUST SO THAT HE TOO CAN BE MURDRERED LIKE SHAKESPEARE ABRAHAM????

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                  Posted: January 6, 2012, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

                  WHY??????

                   

                  WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD HE WANT PUBLICITY

                   

                  JUST SO THAT HE TOO CAN BE MURDRERED LIKE SHAKESPEARE ABRAHAM????

                   from what I remember of ethier curse of the lottery and or  the lottery changed my shows about the bum Shakesphere

                  he was too stupid to be playing in the first place

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                    Posted: January 6, 2012, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

                     from what I remember of ethier curse of the lottery and or  the lottery changed my shows about the bum Shakesphere

                    he was too stupid to be playing in the first place

                    NO

                    Every lottery winner becomes a target.

                    Did you read the above story and all the jealous deadbeats that are NOW playing at this store?

                    Anonymity is the only way, publicity, you better hire armed 24 hour guards.

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                      Posted: January 6, 2012, 3:35 pm - IP Logged

                      Abraham Shakespeare, in my opinion, was a nice man whose kindness and naivete led to his victimization and brutal murder at the hands of hyena and jackal-like sub-human creatures.

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                        Posted: January 6, 2012, 4:08 pm - IP Logged

                        Abraham Shakespeare, in my opinion, was a nice man whose kindness and naivete led to his victimization and brutal murder at the hands of hyena and jackal-like sub-human creatures.

                        I agree.Abraham Shakespeare wasn't the brightest bulb in the lamp,but he sure didn't deserve to be murdered for his money.

                          Bondi Junction
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                          Posted: January 6, 2012, 10:59 pm - IP Logged

                          UK Winners who opt for anonymity


                          Under the terms of the licence granted to the lottery organisers Camelot, winners are entitled to anonymity. If winners do opt for anonymity, the Commission would generally expect the press to respect this wish. To do otherwise may raise issues under the terms of Clause 3 of the Code, which relates to privacy. There may of course be exceptions to this if newspapers and magazines can demonstrate that it is in the public interest to identify an individual against their wishes, although the Commission has noted before that the size of the win alone would not be a sufficient reason for such identification. The Commission notes that in the 9 years since publication of the first guidance note it has not had to deal with any formal complaints about such identification: a welcome sign that editors have respected both the wishes of individuals and the Commission’s guidance. The press should also not seek to obtain information about winners who have requested anonymity from their family, friends or colleagues through any form of harassment contrary to Clause 4 of the Code.

                           

                          The Press Complaints Commission

                          We all get a lot out of lotteries!

                            Bondi Junction
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                            Posted: January 6, 2012, 11:04 pm - IP Logged

                            All winners should have the right to anonymity, it works in the UK and Australia, it would work in the US also.

                            We all get a lot out of lotteries!