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After almost two weeks of remaining silent, the winners of the $3.3 million Arizona Lottery "The Pick" jackpot claimed their winnings.
Robert Brito and his wife, Anna, of Phoenix, said they waited to claim the money because they wanted to get their finances in order and prepare to responsibly handle their windfall.
"We have invested it, and it will go to a trust fund for the whole family," Robert said.
The Britos, who were reserved in revealing details about their lives, said they had no plans to immediately spend any of the money. Robert said he intends to keep his job as a public servant.
"We knew that it was the right thing to do for us," Robert said. "We just want to stay on schedule, stick with our plans and enjoy life. Life is too short."
Robert said he plays the lottery about twice a week, for the Wednesday and Saturday drawings, and has won small amounts before.
"It's just a chance that we may be blessed, because I know that dollar that I spend, if I don't win, will bless someone else," Robert said.
When he heard the winning numbers, 9-13-22-29-36-38, Robert said he studied his ticket and gave thanks to God. He said he asked his daughter to look over the ticket and make sure it was the winner, and when they knew it was real, they called Anna and told her the news.
The Britos said they were shocked and amazed when they realized they were winners, and said the whole experience has been very humbling.
Robert and Anna said they only announced their winnings to close friends and family, whom they said have been very supportive and excited for them.
"We have been blessed with wonderful friends and family," Robert said.
Robert called the whole experience "surreal" and said he needs to remind himself that it all really happened.
As far as the money goes, the Britos said they feel more comfortable financially, but just want to "take it one day at a time."
Robert said throughout the experience he has been very grateful for the blessings he has received.
"I just want to say thank you to Arizona and thank you to the lottery," Robert said.
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