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Until this week, the only lottery winner in James Hayes' family was his grandmother, Melba, who won $40 a decade ago.
So when Hayes awoke a·woke
A past tense of awake.
a past tense and (now rare or dialectal) past participle of awake in his Camarillo home Thursday and found that all six numbers on his Quick Pick ticket matched those published in his morning newspaper, he did more than a double-take.
``I did a hundred takes,'' he said.
Racing over to the district lottery office in Ventura, Hayes refused to believe he had won Wednesday night's $19 million jackpot. But then lottery officials confirmed that the numbers on the ticket he had purchased at USA Gasoline gasoline or petrol, light, volatile mixture of hydrocarbons for use in the internal-combustion engine and as an organic solvent, obtained primarily by fractional distillation and "cracking" of petroleum, but also obtained from natural gas, by in Camarillo - 2, 5, 9, 24, 25 and 51 - were indeed the winning combination.
``Now it's hit me,'' said Hayes, appearing with his wife, Stephanie, at a news conference to introduce the state's newest lotto winners.
And Grandma Melba, who gave him the $5 to buy a five-line Quick Pick ticket, will share in his good fortune. Even after having all day to absorb the knowledge that she soon will be a millionaire, Melba Hayes remained incredulous in·cred·u·lous
1. Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers.
2. Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare. .
``I won't believe it until I have some money in my hand,'' said 79-year-old Melba Hayes.
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``I love my job,'' he said. ``But like any job, it has its ups and its downs. Now that I don't have to (work), I choose not to.''
Hayes will receive $950,000 - actually $684,000 after taxes - each each year for the next two decades.
``He's a very lucky man,'' said lottery manager Stephen Freund, noting that the odds of picking all six numbers are 18 million to 1.
USA Gasoline will receive a one-time bonus of $95,000, representing 0.5 percent of the pot.
Hayes said he and his 21-year-old wife, Stephanie, who now live with his grandmother, plan to purchase a house nearby, which is just fine with Melba.
``I think all kids should live alone,'' she said. ``They lived here because they couldn't afford to live anyplace an·y·place
To, in, or at any place; anywhere. See Usage Note at everyplace.
Adv. 1. anyplace - at or in or to any place; "you can find this food anywhere"; (`anyplace' is used informally for `anywhere')
PHOTO (color in Verb 1. color in - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
color, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour Valley edition only) James A. Hayes of Camarillo holds a ceremonial check showing he won $19 million in the lottery. His wife, Stephanie, is with him.
David R. Crane/Daily News
SoulXplorer (Member): Hey Jimmy (White Rat)! 1/19/2008 8:00 PM
Lol! I can't believe this... I use to bum around with this guy in his garage - fixing up our low riders and chatting away on his CB radio... I remember Jimmy standing up for me during a "Dramatic Illusions" meeting when the other members of the club were trying to fine me just so they could bum some drinking.. Thanks buddy! If I had to choose to give $19M to someone at that momeent it definately would have been you... I'm sure you are still playing hard... oh didn't you owe me for a scanner...lol.. Just kidding...