An old woman in Florida has just hit the mother lode of jackpots after winning $43 million in an international lotto game, the Florida Lotto. What comes next is sure to surprise you as it did us. Keep reading to find out what she decided.
The winner is Ruby
Florida lotto officials broke the news that she didn’t want to keep any bit of the money. Ruby matched all six winning numbers in the draw that took place on the 17th of February earlier this month. She chose to receive her winnings using the lump-sum option. She therefore earned $31,042,330 after taxes.
She was too shy to appear on camera, but she did share some details with the local media. She said that she and her husband, who is also 90-years-old, wanted to give away the whole jackpot to her family because they don’t have any desires or plans to change the rest of their lives. They said they would rather see their future family generations thrive and have bright opportunities after they have left this earth.
The winning pair’s neighbours say that Ruby and her husband are very low-key, humble people, and they couldn’t be more thrilled for them. “It’s God-sent. It’s heart-warming,” said Rick O’Callaghan whose brother lives on their street. “They are the quietest, nicest, most reserved people you ever saw in your life. He only comes out to get the mail. He still mows his own lawn. Real, real simple people got a real, simple life,” he added.
Rick said that if he won the lottery it would be very difficult for him to do what they did and he respects them for that. “I would pay off some bills, maybe try and build a house,” said Rick.
Ruby bought her destined ticket at a Winn-Dixie grocery store on park Boulevard Seminole. The shop will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. How marvellous!
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