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Okla. pair wins $105.8 million Powerball prize

Don Harvey’s long-haul truck had almost 2 million miles on it when its engine died this week. Now, he’s planning to ride the road in style, after winning a $105.8 million Powerball ticket with his wife.

Harvey and his wife, Joyce, said they will pay off bills, help family members and think about buying a new home with their winnings. They chose to receive a $33.3 million lump sum after taxes instead of the full amount paid out over 29 years.

The ticket was purchased at a Shell service station in Roland, about five miles east of Muldrow where they live in eastern Oklahoma, almost on the Arkansas border. It was a quirky thing that she won, she said, because she always had bought lottery tickets using the same numbers.

She said she recently bought a ticket, but the numbers “came out wrong.” She said she decided to use those same numbers when she bought the ticket in Roland and bingo, it was a winner.

Joyce Harvey said she was in “absolute disbelief and shock” when she checked the numbers on her computer Thursday night and found she had the winner.

“Basically, I just broke down and cried,” she said.

The couple said they were “pretty satisfied with our life” and would have to think long and hard about what do with the money after first paying off bills. But they don’t expect things to change too much.

‘I can’t go fishing all the time’
A truck driver all his adult life, the 64-year-old Don Harvey said he did not plan to stop working.

“I’ve got to have something to do,” he said. “I can’t go fishing all the time and I don’t play golf.”

He said he would buy a fancier truck than the one that finally quit running after he rolled into Muldrow from a trip delivering air conditioners to Madison, Wis. But it won’t be a new one, he said, saying there is no reason to waste money, even if you’ve got it to waste, on a vehicle that greatly depreciates in its first two years.

The couple did not tell anyone of their big score before a news conference Friday afternoon at the Oklahoma Lottery Commission in Oklahoma City.

The Multi-State Lottery Association announced previously that only one ticket sold for Wednesday night’s drawing matched the six numbers drawn: 9-11-13-24-43, and Powerball 18. The odds of winning were about 176 million to one, said Jim Scoggins, executive director of the lottery.

Don Harvey’s long-haul truck had almost 2 million miles on it when its engine died this week. Now, he’s planning to ride the road in style, after winning a $105.8 million Powerball ticket with his wife.

Oklahoma Lottery searching for two lucky winners who became millionaires overnight

Good news for two Oklahoma Lottery players!

Two winning lotto tickets this week made two lucky winners millionaires overnight. They will now go down in history as the 65th and 66th Oklahoma Lottery millionaire winners.

The first Lucky for Life™ top prize-winning ticket was purchased at Coop’s Stop N Shop in Bristow, Oklahoma on December, 3rd. The jackpot winner can choose to receive $1,000 a day for life for a minimum of 20 years, or walk away with the cash option of $5.75 million dollars.

Just 48 hours later, Oklahoma’s first Lotto America™ jackpot-winning ticket was drawn. THe ticket was purchased Saturday, at Love’s Travel Stops in Woodward, Okla. That winner will receive a windfall of $3,500,000 or the cash option of $2.66 million.

“This is our first Lotto America™ jackpot winner and our first Lucky for Life top prize winner,” said Jay Finks, Executive Director of Oklahoma Lottery.

However, the winners have not come forward to claim their windfall yet.

If you played the lottery in Bristow or Woodward this week, go to the Oklahoma Lottery website to see if you are now Oklahoma’s 65th or 66th lottery millionaire winners.

This could be your lucky day!

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Good news for two Oklahoma Lottery players! Two winning lotto tickets this week made two lucky winners millionaires overnight.