HARRISBURG, PA. -- A bookkeeper and a plasterer who live together turned in their winning $46 million lottery ticket yesterday and said they would use their record jackpot to travel, help their relatives and perhaps even get married.
Donald R. Woomer and Linda K. Despot of Hollidaysburg met with reporters at a suburban motel-convention center after they were handed a check for the first installment, $1.4 million, by state Revenue Secretary Barton Fields.
The couple, who bought the ticket in the state's Super-7 game jointly, will receive similar payments annually for the next 25 years.
The two, who have lived together for five years, repeatedly said they had no firm plans for the money, except to travel, possibly to see some NASCAR races and to help family members.
"I hope our life style changes, but not us," Despot said.
Asked if they would be getting married, Despot nodded her head and said: "It's looking good."
The jackpot surpassed by $5 million a prize of $41 million won in New York state's lottery in August 1985, said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery. The world's largest, about $100 million, is offered in Spain, state lottery officials said.
Woomer, 55, who is separated but not divorced from his wife, said he didn't know what legal arrangements would be worked out with her.
Asked if she likely would get some of the prize, Woomer said: "I imagine so."
Despot, 37, a bookkeeper for a car dealer, said she was preparing for work Thursday morning when the winning numbers, drawn the night before, were announced on the radio. She wrote the numbers down and Woomer, a self-employed plasterer, checked them. "He hasn't gone to work since," she said.