We would have a heart attack too:
Jim McCullar said his wife thought he was having a heart attack when he realized he’d just won the big Mega Millions lottery jackpot. “I was pale, shaking,” he said Thursday. “She said, ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’m perfect, but you need to get out of bed.’ ”
McCullar, 68, and his wife Carolyn, 63, of Ephrata, Wash., claimed half of the $380 million prize, the second largest jackpot in history, with state officials in Olympia. A second winning ticket, sold in Idaho, has not yet been claimed. Surrounded by his family, McCullar, who is retired from Boeing, immediately handed the oversized check to his wife. “We’ve been married 41 years,” he said. “I know what to do with this.”
McCullar bought his ticket at a supermarket in Ephrata in eastern Washington. McCullar had picked the numbers based on his birthday — 8/15/42 — and his wife’s birthday — 4/25/47. The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with the Mega ball number of 42.
McCullar, who has a history of heart problems, said he was watching late-night news when he heard the numbers and woke up his wife. They both checked the ticket. “Tears started flowing and I looked at her and I started crying and all she could say is, ‘Is this real?’ ” he said.
No state taxes apply in Washington, where the lump sum payment would be $90 million after the 25% federal tax. In Idaho, the winner also has the option of taking a nearly $81 million lump sum payment after state and federal taxes are withheld, said Jeff Anderson of the Idaho Lottery. The Mega Millions game is played in 41 states. The largest jackpot — $390 million — was shared by two winners in Georgia and New Jersey in 2007.
At the news conference, McCullar said he doesn’t plan to blow the money on purchases and sees the jackpot as a legacy for their six children and 23 grandchildren. “I’m not going to fly all over the world and buy my own jet,” he said. “What this means to me is the legacy is going to go generation after generation after generation. … We’re not going to blow this.”
A former lottery winner warns of drawbacks. Allen and Violet Large of Nova Scotia won $11.3 million in the Atlantic Lottery in Canada in July. It took the couple about a week to figure out they didn’t want the headache of a big windfall.
Violet, who was undergoing ovarian cancer treatment at the time, said they put 2% of the winnings in a rainy day fund and gave the rest to charity.
Damn…MUST BE MOTHERFUGGIN’ NICE!!!!