06-30-2007, 12:45 PM #1
Okla. couple claims $105.8M Powerball prize
OKLAHOMA CITY - Don Harveyâ€™s long-haul truck had almost 2 million miles on it when its engine died this week. Now, heâ€™s planning to ride the road in style, after winning a $105.8 million Powerball ticket with his wife.
Harvey and his wife, Joyce, said they will pay off bills, help family members and think about buying a new home with their winnings. They chose to receive a $33.3 million lump sum after taxes instead of the full amount paid out over 29 years.
The ticket was purchased at a Shell service station in Roland, about five miles east of Muldrow where they live in eastern Oklahoma, almost on the Arkansas border. It was a quirky thing that she won, she said, because she always had bought lottery tickets using the same numbers.
She said she recently bought a ticket, but the numbers â€œcame out wrong.â€ She said she decided to use those same numbers when she bought the ticket in Roland and bingo, it was a winner.
Joyce Harvey said she was in â€œabsolute disbelief and shockâ€ when she checked the numbers on her computer Thursday night and found she had the winner.
â€œBasically, I just broke down and cried,â€ she said.
The couple said they were â€œpretty satisfied with our lifeâ€ and would have to think long and hard about what do with the money after first paying off bills. But they donâ€™t expect things to change too much.
â€˜I canâ€™t go fishing all the timeâ€™
A truck driver all his adult life, the 64-year-old Don Harvey said he did not plan to stop working.
â€œIâ€™ve got to have something to do,â€ he said. â€œI canâ€™t go fishing all the time and I donâ€™t play golf.â€
He said he would buy a fancier truck than the one that finally quit running after he rolled into Muldrow from a trip delivering air conditioners to Madison, Wis. But it wonâ€™t be a new one, he said, saying there is no reason to waste money, even if youâ€™ve got it to waste, on a vehicle that greatly depreciates in its first two years.
The couple did not tell anyone of their big score before a news conference Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission in Oklahoma City.
The Multi-State Lottery Association announced previously that only one ticket sold for Wednesday nightâ€™s drawing matched the six numbers drawn: 9-11-13-24-43, and Powerball 18. The odds of winning were about 176 million to one, said Jim Scoggins, executive director of the lottery.
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