What is it like to win the lottery?

Published: Jan. 3, 2020 at 6:21 PM PST
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We often show you pictures from Gold Ranch where people wait in line to buy a lottery ticket.

In their minds, they have to be wondering what it would be like to have, in their hand, the winning numbers.

“It is like standing on the platform waiting for a train,” says Bill Lawrence who won the California Lottery on November 2, 2019. “And it comes by going 300 miles an hour and doesn't slow down and you have to try and jump on,” he says.

Lawrence doesn't want to show his face after a "Quick Pick" helped him win $150,000,000 dollars.

He says he and his wife were two people who frequently found themselves out at Gold Ranch to buy a lottery ticket or two.

His ticket hit all six numbers, and that was stressful enough.

“I was afraid to leave the house,” he says. “I had it in a locked fire box, key lock thing. Sticking under my mattress.”

He says he was investigated by lottery agents to make sure his win was on the up and up.

“Actually drove up to Gold Ranch, and had to see me on film, buying the ticket,” say Lawrence. “And they brought that to my home, and matched up the picture of me and my wife buying the ticket,” he says.

He says it’s easy to be stupid with that much money.

But he says, he just wants a comfortable life for himself and his family.

That too requires some work.

“Lawyers, CPA firms, financial advisors," says Lawrence of consultants to which he has turned.

He decided to take the money in one lump sum.

After taxes he says that means about $100,000,000 dollars.

Money that will be used to buy a new home for them, help their kids, and grand kids, and great grand kids.

But they will all have to work he says.

Travel is in the future--they may even go first class.

But just like the people in these lines, he had to wait to put his plans into place.

Lawrence received his California Lottery winnings about two months after claiming his prize.

It is said, "Good things happen to those who wait."

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