Lottery24 – $43m Florida Lotto winner gives away all her prizeWe all dream of becoming a lottery millionaire and that’s just what happened to Ruby Sorah from Largo in Florida, USA. The 90-year-old won the $43m jackpot in the February 17 Florida Lotto draw but plans on giving all the windfall away to her family.
Sorah has decided to accept a one-off lump sum payment of $31,042,330.67. Her Florida Lotto winning ticket was purchased from a Winn-Dixie grocery store in Seminole. But despite the massive win, the winner has said that both her and her partner don’t want to keep a cent of their win. In New Zealand, a $15m New Zealand Powerball winner shared his windfall 50/50 with a friend.
What would you go out and buy if you’d won over $31m? Well Ruby and her husband, who is also 90, simply want a new spark plug for their lawnmower, then their family can have the rest. A $10,000 Cash and Cookies scratchcard winner in Maryland, USA, purchased a lawnmower with his winnings.
The couple have described themselves as low key and leading very simple lives. Recent £32.5m UK Lotto winners Gerry and Lisa Cannings from England described themselves as “boring.”
It’s the latest big win in Florida after David Kaltschmidt and his wife Maureen Smith won a $528.7m share of the recent $1.6bn Powerball jackpot. Luis Maldonado from Tampa in Florida won a $27m California SuperLotto Plus jackpot.
The couple have so far declined to give any interviews after their Florida Lotto jackpot win. Rick O’Callaghan, whose brother is one of their neighbours, has called their decision “heart-warming.” He added, “It’s great. They’re the quietest, nicest, most reserved people you ever saw in your life. He (Mr Sorah) only comes out to get the mail. Still mows his own lawn. Real, real simple people, got a real, real simple life.”
Another of their neighbours congratulated the lucky Florida Lotto winning couple saying, “So God bless them. That is simply tremendous.” Also celebrating is the Winn-Dixie grocery store, that’s because they will be receiving a bonus of $100,000 for selling the winning ticket.
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