We all dream about winning the lottery but what would you do if it really happened? For a group of city workers in Piqua, Ohio they are finding out just exactly what they would do, they won the $207 million jackpot last week. One of the winners, who asked to remain anonymous, said that the group of city workers played the lottery on a regular basis with each person chipping in $1 on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The winning ticket was purchased at the local Kroger’s grocery store in Piqua. The store has said that the $100,000 that it will receive for selling the winning ticket will be donated to local charities. Unemployment has hit Piqua especially hard in these economic times and this gesture of goodwill means a lot of people that need help this holiday season will receive it.
The small city of Piqua, Ohio is quite proud of this achievement happening in their town that has been besieged by economic downturn for years. The mayor said, “I’m excited for the city. I hope some blessings come from it. It couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said speaking of the holiday season.
The anonymous winner also stated that he won’t be quitting his job anytime soon, despite the fact that he will be collecting millions. Winners can chose between annual payments over the next 26 years or a lump sum payment of approximately $143 million.
So what would you do if you won the lottery? The Dayton Daily News asked that question of its readers and they began to quickly respond. This time of year it is deeply enriching to hear that so many people would be giving and want to share their winnings with others:
From Vikie: “Of course I would give over my 10% to my church then help family, friends & enemies financially. I would love to make their life a little easier. Also pay in full for my child college education and several other kids.”
From deb: “I would first get myself out of my debts. Medical especially. Then I would help my family, friends and my community. I see so many people who are hardworking and losing their jobs. Makes me sad I cannot help them out.”
From “joe”: Yeah I’d be working alright… on a margarita on a beach with warm sun and thongs. I might have to start up a charter fishing business to pass the time…off the top of my head Fiji comes to mind.
From CoG SoJ: “I would tithe 10% to my church, Set up and interest bearing account for the food shelters for the homeless in Dayton, The rest would go in another account that would support my family to help those that truly need it.”
From Boomer: “No matter how much I loved my job, particularly if it was a job that didn’t require specialized training or education, I’d quit – to give unemployed folks a chance to be re-employed. Too many unemployed people to be hogging a job while having $10M in the bank.”
Dayton Daily News; 2008, December 13; “Mayor: Piqua city workers won $207 Mega Millions jackpot” http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/12/13/ddn121308lottoweb.html?imw=Y
Dayton Daily News; 2008, December 15; “Piqua’s Mega Millions winners keeping low profiles” http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/12/15/ddn121508lotto.html