Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006
An 89-year-old woman who continues to work at Springfield Hospital thinks she’ll pay off a car loan now that she’s won a $2.175 million lottery prize.
Helen Jewitt-Emery chose 2 12 26 29 33 and 38 for Saturday’s drawing and discovered on Monday that she’d won.
“I think I am going to wake up sometime soon,” Jewitt-Emery said at lottery headquarters in Berlin when she claimed her prize. “I think I am very fortunate.”
She bought her ticket at Jake’s South Street Market, where she’s been a regular for about eight years, and was treated to a ride to lottery headquarters by store owner Richard Jacobs, who had confirmed she had a winning ticket earlier in the day.
“She couldn’t believe it until she put the ticket through,” he said. “She was awestruck. I thought she was going to faint. It just took her a few minutes to get a hold of reality.”
Jewitt-Emery chose to receive her prize in one lump sum of $1.28 million rather than 25 equal payments over 25 years, said Alan Yandow, Lottery Commission Executive Director Alan Yandow.
Jewitt-Emery said she would pay off some bills, including a big one she recently incurred. “First thing I am going to do is pay off a vehicle I just bought in May. That is going to take a good chunk,” she said. Besides getting rid of the loan on her Ford Explorer, Jewitt-Emery said she might get herself a German shepard and possibly a small farm, the lottery commission said.
Jake’s South Street Market also collects a $21,175 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2006
A woman and her father won the three top daily prizes totaling $75,000 in a lottery game – without knowing that either was playing.
Charity Guiddy won two $25,000 prizes on July 4, using a set of family birth dates. That same day, Charity’s father, Paul Guiddy, claimed a third $25,000 prize, using the same set of numbers.
He had asked her some time ago if he could use the numbers, which he saw on an old lottery ticket she had left in his car, the West Virginia Lottery said.
“Since he asked about playing my numbers, I thought he might have been the one, but didn’t know for sure until I was talking with another relative,” Charity Guiddy said Tuesday.
About five years ago, using a different set of numbers, Charity Guiddy won the $25,000 prize as well. Lottery spokeswoman Nancy Bulla said this is the first time the same person has won the game’s top prize three times.
Thursday, Jun. 15, 2006
On Tuesday, Ken Garbe was told he had won $12,000 in the Lotto Super 7. Without his glasses, Garbe couldn’t see the numbers himself, so he believed the lottery retailer at Park Royal Mall who checked his ticket.
It turns out the retailer missed a few digits.
Garbe’s total winnings from the June 2 draw were $12,399,976 — the biggest jackpot so far this year, said Tamara Ibbott, spokeswoman for B.C. Lottery Corp.
Garbe, 52, purchased the lucky ticket at Oakridge Mall. The winning numbers were randomly selected in a quick pick.
Garbe, who works as a foreman for the Vancouver school board, waited a day before claiming the prize he thought was $12,000. Initially, he said, he just planned to pay off some debts.
He visited B.C. Lottery’s Richmond office on Wednesday.
Lynn Preston, a payout officer with B.C. Lottery, said most big winners can be identified as they walk in the door. “Usually, they’re very nervous,” she said.
Garbe was calm and composed.
Garbe’s girlfriend, Lida Konichek, was with him, but she asked for directions to the washroom, leaving Garbe alone.
Garbe put the validation slip showing the prize value on the counter. Seeing the huge number, Preston slapped her hand on the table and shouted, “Wow! Congratulations!”
“He was very surprised by my reaction,” Preston said.
“He said, ‘I think I need to sit down,’ ” she recalled.
Preston said Garbe told her he couldn’t see the numbers, as he didn’t have his glasses. She brought out a magnifying glass so he could see for himself.
Ibbott said Garbe’s first reaction was to call his son. Garbe promised over the phone to buy him the truck he’d always wanted. He told B.C. Lottery staff he also planned to retire from his school board job, buy a new house and do some travelling.
Garbe received his prize Thursday at a press conference in the hangar of London Air Charter at the Vancouver airport’s south terminal.
Garbe, who is recovering from recent knee surgery, got out of his wheelchair and hobbled up the steps for a look inside a private jet he now can afford to hire, before returning to a white limo.
Asked on his way out what he planned to do with his $12 million, Garbe looked at Konichek.
“Put it in the bank,” he said.
She looked back and smiled.
Monday, May. 22, 2006
FOR a man who won more than $6.6 million on the lottery two months ago, Bob Bradley’s bank balance is looking decidedly modest.
For the 83-year-old great grandfather, as well as giving a huge amount to children’s charities, has blown his fortune helping to make the dreams of his family and friends come true.
The generous war hero has rejected flash cars, expensive holidays and a move to a luxury mansion in favour of splashing out his jackpot on others.
He said: ‘I haven’t kept any money myself. I can just give my family all they ever wanted. That is all I want – I have had my life more or less, so this win is for their benefit.’
Mr Bradley has bought a $130 thousand Mercedes ML car for son Barry, 58 – but is happy to get lifts when he wants to go out.
He is leaving his modest council semi but only to move in with his grandson after buying him a $1 million five-bedroom home.
The pensioner has also invested a big chunk of cash in an expansion of the hair salon which his grandson Chris Bradley, 35, runs with his wife Geraldine, 36.
He has given his 16-year-old great-grandson a $47 thousand motorhome to transport his motocross bikes to races. His 14-year-old great grandaughter wanted only an $15 pet rabbit out of his winnings.
Mr Bradley, who took part in the D-Day landings, said: ‘I want nothing for myself but everything for my family. I want to make sure their dreams come true This win means my family will never have to worry about money – I’ll set them all up with what they want and just enjoy doing that.’
Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2006
Doreen Patterson, a cashier at the Price Chopper supermarket in the Town of Wallkill for the past four years is undecided what she will do with the $19 million she won in the April 12th state Lotto drawing.
She will be taking home $380,000 per year for 25 years, minus income taxes.
Mrs. Patterson Tuesday stood with her husband, David, a City of Middletown employee, and their daughter, Sarah, who is “16 going on 17,” to accept the ceremonial check from Lottery Director Nancy Palumbo.
Mrs. Patterson isn’t exactly sure what they will do with the money or if she will continue to work at the store. “I don’t want to lose sight of who we are,” she said.
She is the first million dollar Lotto winner in Orange County this year and the 24th since the Lottery was begun in 1967.
Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2006
Klickitat County sheriff’s deputy Ed L. Gunnyon found a lot more than the standard Easter egg.
While doing laundry on Sunday, the 38-year-old married father of four came across a $20 Millionaire scratch ticket he had almost forgotten buying and discovered he had won the $1 million top prize, good for $37,500 annually over the next 20 years after deductions for taxes.
“The bunny was good to us this year,” Gunnyon said Tuesday, revealing his good fortune at a news conference in Yakima.
State lottery officials said Gunnyon is the first $1 million winner in the scratch ticket game. Four more are expected.
Gunnyon said he and his wife plan to get a new car and save some of the money as a nest egg for retirement and their children’s college education.
Jerry Harry wasn’t much of a gambler before February, but right around his 47th birthday he had a dream he won the lottery.
“I had a dream I hit the lottery, and I’ve played every day since,” he said.
While most customers were focused on the huge Powerball jackpot, Harry bought a Cash 5 ticket April 5 and won $267,938.
“I knew about two minutes after the drawing that I won, but then I wanted to know how many other people I would have to share the pot with,” Harry said.
The Cash 5 kitty is usually shared by several players who match all five numbers, but Harry was the only winner that night.
He said the money won’t change his life much.
As owner of Harry’s Refuse Service on Nesbit Street, Harry said he would continue to own and work at his business where he occasionally has to empty out dumpsters, and said he wouldn’t be going on any vacations or buying fancy cars.
The money is not enough for him to retire now, but he said he will invest it.
He took the ticket to the Erie lottery office to have it confirmed and made a copy to hang on the wall at T-N-T Deli on Third Street, where he bought the ticket.
Harry still stops by the deli every day for lottery tickets, and he said he doesn’t plan to quit trying his luck.
A Rocky Grove High School graduate, Harry lives in Rocky Grove with his wife, Judy, who owns Bahama Breeze Tanning Salon on 13th Street in Franklin.
Harry’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Liz Young, own T-N-T Deli. Besides Harry, there have been several other winning tickets of lower amounts like $500 sold at the store.
The couple has owned the store for five years and said ticket sales are higher than they have ever been because of Harry’s win.
“We’ve had customers come in saying ‘I heard you had some winners here and I want to win too,'” Liz Young said.
Monday, Apr. 10, 2006
An Australian grandmother who made a mistake filling out her usual lottery entry on a new form has won more than AUS$2-million as a result.
The 79-year-old bought her usual AUS$2,30 ticket which allowed her four lines of numbers but accidentally duplicated one of the lines – which happened to be the winner, the New South Wales Lotto organisers said.
This gave her a total of AUS$2 333 333, while 17 other winners of the AUS$21-million pool had to settle for AUS$1 166 666.
“I still can’t believe I put in those two rows. Those are the same numbers I’ve been using since Lotto first opened,” the unnamed resident of Sydney’s Dee Why suburb said when told she had won.
“I know the numbers off by heart, I don’t even have to look at them because they are all based on family birthdays.
“They’d just put out those new entry forms, so I had to put my favourite numbers on the new form. I cannot understand why I put in an extra line.
“It must have been my lucky day or there’s someone up there looking after me,” she said, adding that she would use some of the money to take her family on an overseas holiday which they had never been able to afford.
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2006
Newton resident Richard Garland is $68,000 richer thanks to the North Carolina Education Lottery.
Garland was the state’s first $100,000 prize winner. He was awarded $68,001.60 after taxes.
Garland said he hopes to use his winnings to buy his first house.
“For 33 years we’ve been married; we’ve never owned a home,” said Garland’s wife, Judy Garland. “It would nice to own our own home.”
Garland spent $5 on a scratch-off “Carolina Cash” ticket at the BJY Fast Shop in Conover on Thursday after he got off work.
At first he thought the scratch-off ticket read $10,000, said store owner Yates Deal. Garland asked around the store and someone said it was for $40,000.
When he made the call to Raleigh to report his winnings, he was informed the ticket actually read $100,000.
“I’m glad to see something like this happen in this area,” Deal said. “The only thing you hear about in this area is plants shutting down.
“And it happened to a hardworking, down-to-earth guy.”
Deal said Garland was calm after he found out how much he won. But he did ask a Conover police officer, who was at the store, to walk him out.
“I’ve seen the ticket, and I still can’t believe it,” Judy Garland said. “When I see the money, I hope I don’t hit the floor.”
Garland went to Raleigh on Friday to claim his prize.
A few others won top prizes on Thursday’s historic inaugural day:
• Army Sgt. James Greene, stationed at Fort Bragg, won $10,000 with a ticket bought in Fayetteville.
• Clyde Almond of Stanly County cashed in on a ticket worth $10,000 that he bought at Express Mart in Albemarle.
• Steve Moore of Candler won a $5,000 prize for a “Tic Tac Toe” ticket.
• Jackie Click bought a “Tic Tac Toe” ticket worth $5,000 at Tobacco To Go in Lenoir. Click said she is going to use the money to pay bills, according to an N.C. Education Lottery news release.
The N.C. Education Lottery netted $8 million from $11 million worth of tickets sold by 5,000 retailers on Thursday.
The state plans to join the multi-state Powerball lottery in late May.
Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2006
When Bob Sehested went to scan a lottery ticket he bought on Valentine’s Day – his 50th birthday – a liquor store clerk told him he’d won only “a few bucks.”
He had no idea he had rightfully won $530,858.
But after he watched an Internet video of the ticket exchange released by the California Lottery following a bogus claim for the cash, Sehested knew he’d hit gold.
“It’s a dream,” said Sehested, 50, of Camarillo, flanked by his wife and son Thursday during a press conference at the state lottery office in Van Nuys.
“I was looking to see if it was someone that I knew. When I clicked on the video on the Web site, I was surprised to find that it was me.”
California Lottery officials have launched a criminal investigation into a false claim for the 5-of-5 Mega Millions ticket sold Feb. 14 at Crossroads Liquor in Camarillo.
It was Sehested’s 50th birthday. With no plans for a birthday bash, the hardware store owner dropped $50 on lottery tickets hoping to score the $120 million jackpot.
When he returned to Crossroads Liquor the next morning, he said a familiar clerk told him someone had won $500,000 in the store. Scanning his tickets, one popped up that said “Congratulations – see the retailer.”
“I handed my ticket to the clerk,” said Sehested. “He told me I’d won a few bucks. So I just rolled it back into the lottery hoping to hit the big one.
“So I walked out of there with my cigarettes and four or five dollars worth of lottery tickets – I thought it was over.”
It wasn’t. That same day, a man other than the clerk walked into the state lottery office in Van Nuys with the winning $530,858 ticket.
When the man couldn’t explain how he got it, lottery officials refused to pay. Instead, they released a store surveillance video of Sehested making his purchase to local news media.
“We were able to locate him and find the right person,” declared James Dumelle, a lottery agent in charge of the investigation. “It’s his ticket, and he’s the winner.”
Dumelle declined to say whether the now-suspended store clerk knew the person in the false lottery claim. Charges, if filed, could range from potential grand theft to misappropriation of found property.
Two hours after claiming their winnings from the California Lottery, Sehested and his wife, Wendy, who runs the family-owned B&B Hardware in Culver City, said they’re not sure what to do with their new-found bonanza.
Perhaps they’ll spend it on a scuba-diving trip.
“I don’t play the lottery because I expect to win,” said the glassy-eyed winner who said he’s dropped “thousands” playing the state numbers game. “I play for the what-if – the dreams that you have while you wait for the drawing.”
His $500,000 advice:
“If you go to check your (lottery) ticket and it says, ‘See the retailer,’ sign the ticket, put your phone number on the ticket, then hand it to the clerk.
“Don’t trust anyone.”
Thursday, Mar. 23, 2006
Kevin Green said he won’t be giving up his job as a forklift driver, despite his $1 million lottery ticket.
He was on the job last week, when he heard about the convenience store that sold the winning North Dakota Powerball ticket. He realized it was the place where he buys his lotto tickets and checked his numbers.
Even though he won the $1 million jackpot before taxes, Green can dream about, “what if?” If his Powerball number had been 37 instead of 34, he would have won $75 million.
His payout was worth $694,600 after taxes.
Green said he bought 25 Powerball tickets just before last Wednesday’s drawing. He usually buys tickets at a Williston, N.D., convenience store. He said he’ll pay some bills and help his daughter with college tuition.
He said he intends to pay off his pickup truck and his daughter’s pickup. And he’s putting aside a good chunk of money for retirement.
Green is 48 years old and said he doesn’t intend to stop working.
Green won North Dakota’s biggest lottery prize so far.
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006
A WHOPPING £65,000 will be shared out among bin men and office staff at the Service Team headquarters in Manby after a win on the National Lottery.
Manager of Cleanaway, which runs Service Team, Nick Davis said: “It’s not the sort of money you can go mad with, but it’s nice.”
The win was discovered on Saturday night by a member of the team, which is contracted by East Lindsey District Council to collect rubbish from businesses.
The cash will be split between 20 employees – netting them £3,200 each.
One female member from the admin team, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s brilliant – I’ll be upgrading my car with the money.”
Another winner, Kevin Blurton from Mablethorpe, said: “I’ll be putting central heating in my house.”
The ticket was bought at Spencers Newsagent in Louth’s Mercer Row, which is proving to be the luckiest shop in the area, following a spate of winning tickets sold over the counter in the last year.
Owner of Spencers, Peter Spencer said: “It’s the lucky shop again! I’m very pleased somebody else from Louth has won.”
He added: “I had a letter from someone in Norfolk recently, with money in it asking me to send them tickets.
“I sent the money back with some of our lottery tickets which had been through our machine and wished them luck.
“Recently we had some Germans in the shop who told us they had seen on German TV Spencers was the luckiest shop in Britain – it’s hilarious.”
The syndicate of 19 men and one woman from the Service Team started entering the draw when the National Lottery began in 1994 and have used the same numbers since the beginning.
Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006
The woman who owned the flood-damaged home knew nothing about the money in the walls.
She was as shocked as the young volunteer who found it while helping tear out moldy Sheetrock.
“I thought it was Monopoly money,” said Trista Wright, 19, who attends Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., and has spent her spring break gutting homes.
She found the first few $100 bills poking out of a pile of Sheetrock that she was raking up.
Then she peeled back more Sheetrock from around an air conditioning vent in the closet wall where she’d been working and found a stack of bills almost six inches high.
By an unofficial count, it was more than $30,000.
She and fellow students notified the organizers of their church mission, who, in turn told the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office about it.
Deputy Gary Adams verified the identity of the woman who owned the home, which she said previously belonged to her father and had been in the family for generations. When the succession papers checked out and a call to a local lawyer who handled the transaction confirmed her story, Adams gave the money over to the homeowner.
“She was speechless,” said Wright, one of 175 Georgia college students who’ve been working as volunteers in the area.
Adams said the money likely dated to the early 1960s. He said it’s not uncommon to find stashes of weapons or medications behind the walls of homes, but this is the first time he’s heard of such a large sum of money being found.
“They were elated, but they didn’t know what to do with it,” Adams said. “It’s good to see someone find something like that and turn it over to proper authorities and the rightful owner.”
The homeowner, a woman in her 50s who grew up in the area and asked to remain anonymous, said she suspects the money belonged to her father, who grew up in the Depression and was wary of keeping his money in a bank.
“I had my suspicions about the money at first, but once I met the family and talked to the woman, I have no doubt she’s telling the truth,” said Aaron Arledge, one of the organizers of the mission. “She said her father grew up during the Depression and must not have told anyone in the family about it before he died.”
The one-story home in the Arabi area was flooded to the gutters, with no contents that could be saved, church officials said.
Warren Jones Jr., pastor at New Salem Baptist Church in the Ninth Ward, which has served as the home base for the church missions, said the woman submitted a request to gut her home earlier last week. He said the group normally doesn’t work in St. Bernard Parish because of the overwhelming need in the immediate area, but he agreed to make an exception for the homeowner after hearing about her needs.
“To see that woman’s face when we told her about the money, that’s the kind of positive story that makes all the hard work worthwhile,” Jones said. “She said it was a miracle. And when you think about it, it was.”
Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006
After 20 years of regularly playing the Wisconsin Lottery — a few tickets here and a few tickets there — Dan Murray figures he’s finally come out even.
The 41-year-old Sheboygan man recently won $50,000 in a Powerball drawing, a stroke of luck Murray says “couldn’t have happened at a better time.”
Married to Teri and a father of two, Murray was laid off about a year ago from a job at Vinyl Plastics Inc. in Sheboygan, where he was employed for 18 years.
He’s still looking for work, but his luck is looking up.
Murray matched four correct numbers, plus the Powerball, to win $10,000 in the March 8 drawing, a prize boosted to $50,000 because he spent another buck on the lottery’s “power play” option, which multiplied his winnings by five.
Murray bought two tickets for the drawing at his usual place, Ryan’s of Sunnyside, a gas station and convenience store at 4650 S. 12th St.
The day after the drawing, Murray went back to the store to buy tickets for the next Powerball game and check his numbers, and he remembers the clerk, Linda Steen, was “kind of ecstatic,” asking him if he was “the one.”
“The one what?” Murray recalled asking. “(She said) the $50,000 winner!”
Murray’s first ticket was a loser, but the second one revealed the good news — though he had to go to a lottery office in Fond du Lac to claim the big prize.
Muriel Ryan, president and owner of Ryan’s Oil Co., said the last big lottery ticket sold at one of its stores was at least a decade ago, a $100,000 winner in Oostburg. The company will get a $1,000 credit from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.
“They enjoy that,” Ryan said of the store clerks when they sell a big winner. “It’s very encouraging for the clerks, and everybody likes a little notoriety.”
Until hitting the $50,000 jackpot, Murray said the most he’d ever won in a single game in all his years of playing the lottery was $50.
“When I got my check, I told my wife, ‘Here, now I’m even,'” Murray said.
It truly is a rags-to-riches story for two lucky Regina janitors.
Co-workers Donna Eason and Dante Potoma matched all six numbers in Wednesday’s Lotto 6-49 draw to win $14.27 million. They have been cleaning halls and suites for a property-management company for several years and decided to play together five years ago. They were using their own numbers for most of the draws, based mostly on birthdates.
It’s the largest-ever lottery win in Regina, and the second-largest 6-49 prize awarded in Saskatchewan.
Just last month a Saskatoon couple won $14.67 million.
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006
Call it the miracle on 34th Street. When Hugh Allen Hawkins filed for bankruptcy last summer, he and his wife had $250 in cash left in bank accounts and $87,000 in credit card debt.
“And now today we have a big pile of money,” he said Tuesday after an Iowa Lottery official handed him a check for $113.2 million, the largest prize ever won in the state.
Hawkins, owner of a modest home on 34th Street in Des Moines, is the mystery winner of the Dec. 14 Powerball jackpot. His 19-day silence prompted people to suspiciously ask friends in the Beaverdale neighborhood, where the ticket was purchased, “Is it you?”
“I spent the better part of the week scratching my head and giggling,” said Hawkins, 44, who didn’t even tell his wife at first. “I haven’t slept in 2 1/2 weeks.”
Since the Powerball drawing, Hawkins, who is a real estate developer, has hired a team of legal, financial and public relations experts. Their advice included waiting until after Jan. 1 to claim the lump-sum payment of $54.8 million, thus postponing the $16.4 million tax bill until December 2006.
Hawkins laughingly said he expects people to bombard him with requests for money, but long-lost relatives and friends shouldn’t bother to show up at the door of his $125,000 house.
The one-and-a-half-story Beaverdale brick is empty, still trimmed with Christmas lights and a wreath. Hawkins and his family — wife Cindy Schumacher, their daughter, Katie, 3, and son Alex, 6, and his son from a previous marriage, Colby, 12 — are living elsewhere.
And their old phone number, (515) 633-0929, “is dead forever,” he said.
The couple intend to give gifts to family, buy a puppy, settle debts and help startup companies. “And there’s definitely some luxury vacations in our future,” said Hawkins, whose last vacation was a 15-day tour of Europe with his wife in 2002.
Some of the winnings will go to the Greater Des Moines Foundation and the Omaha Community Foundation, which will use it to aid nonprofit groups, and startup and “in-need” companies.
The couple will share with family — he has one brother; she has seven brothers and seven sisters.
Schumacher said they’ll buy a car for her father, possibly a Cadillac, “although it might be hard to get him to take it.”
Hawkins has a history of financial success and difficulty.
A Valley High School graduate, he studied at Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa and Iowa State universities, but left college before earning a degree to open a commercial drapery business.
Polk County court records filed in 1997, when Hawkins was more than $6,700 behind in child support payments to his ex-wife, Michelle, show he also owed roughly $22,250 to four credit card companies. He caught up with his child support obligations in 2004.
Three years ago, when Hawkins was making his living selling cars for EuropeanMotorcars in Urbandale, his current wife, Cindy, decided to leave her job with a data processing company to stay home with the children. With their income cut in half, the couple burned through their 401(k) accounts and savings to pay living expenses, they said.
Hawkins went to work as a financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in 2004, but, according to court documents, was unemployed when the couple filed for bankruptcy in July 2005.
“It was just the inevitable,” Schumacher said. “We put it off as long as we could.”
Hawkins’ and his wife’s latest debt — about $14,000 to AT&T, $1,500 to Sam’s Club and about $71,000 to six other credit cards — was wiped clean in October.
But they said they’d nonetheless like to arrange for repayment.
Hawkins, who now works for Omaha-based Metro Engineers, where he puts together commercial real estate development deals in the United States and Europe, was away on a business trip when the winning numbers were announced at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.
About noon Saturday, Dec. 17, his wife sent him for milk and coffee at the Dahl’s grocery store on Beaver Avenue, where a banner announced the unclaimed winning Powerball ticket had been sold there.
“I thought that was odd. Why wouldn’t you come forward?” Hawkins recalled thinking.
Then he remembered the five $1 tickets he’d bought at the spur of the moment while picking up a six-pack of ginger ale for friends.
After the clerk shouted the news, Hawkins slipped out a side door as TV cameras entered the front door. He quietly took the groceries home to his wife and didn’t tell her, saying he didn’t want to burden her as she was leaving for a 90-mile trip to Ackley for her mother’s birthday party.
At 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, he sat her down in the living room rocking chair and handed her newspaper articles about the riddle of the Powerball winner. It’s me, he told her.
“I kept saying, ‘What? What?’ ” Schumacher said. “I didn’t cry or jump and scream. I kind of went still. It was a shock.”
Hawkins said he’s still trying to deal with “a rainbow of emotions” himself. But he’s certain of one thing: “I will not own an alarm clock from this day forward,” he said.