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$135 million Powerball jackpot goes to two families

PowerballPowerball: $135 million Powerball jackpot goes to two families
Two families one from New Hampshire and the other from Massachusetts have won last week's $135 million Powerball jackpot.

Only one of them went public at a news conference Friday.

''I've gambled for 60 years and never won anything,'' said 80-year-old Lawrence Centola of Watertown, Mass. ''This is the first thing I won, so I couldn't believe it.''

His daughter, Rosemary Centola, also of Watertown, who works in purchasing at a college, said she wasn't sure what to do with the money because ''it doesn't seem real right now.'' She added that she hasn't slept much during the last few days.

She said one of the first things they'd like to get is ''a nice summer home'' in Maine or New Hampshire.

The winning ticket the largest Powerball jackpot ever awarded in New Hampshire was sold at the State Line Store in Center Conway, along the Maine border. The numbers were drawn Saturday.

The amount, worth $70.8 million, will be divided three ways, between Lawrence and Rosemary Centola and a New Hampshire couple. The winners each chipped in $10 to buy a total of 30 tickets.

A lawyer, Kenneth Cargill, said he had been hired by ''a wonderful local family'' that had been lucky enough to be part of ticket, but that they wanted their privacy and did not wish to be identified in any way. They set up a trust.

Rosemary Centola, who said she only plays Powerball when there's a big jackpot, said she hasn't decided whether she will keep working. Her father had worked in a factory for many years.

She said they bought the tickets during a day trip to New Hampshire, and just let the rest of the family in on the news Friday morning because they were advised by a lawyer not to tell anyone.

Rosemary is one of five children. The family has nine grandchildren.

Lawrence Centola said winning hasn't changed his routine of spending $5 a day on daily lottery numbers.

''I still went out this morning and bought my five numbers,'' he said.

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1 comment. Last comment 14 years ago by fja.
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fja's avatar - gnome1

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Posted: September 5, 2003, 4:51 pm - IP Logged

Lump sum for the 80 year old huh Cash??? Probably a summer home in the Hamptons and a winter Villa in Florida, or a nice beach house in the west coast.  There's nine grandchildren making out a christmas list.

"Everybody has to believe in something...I believe I'll have another beer!"   = W.C.Fields