49 year old Clyde Persley, of Santa Cruz, is one of those guys who quietly works his ass off for his family, week in week out. For 20 years.
60 hours a week.
3 jobs. Candy maker. Limo driver. Restaurant worker.
Those days are over.
Presley turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket to California Lottery officials recently, and will soon be receiving a $16 million check.
“I’m so happy for my family,” said Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter. “We gotta’ get the money first, but we are definitely not going to waste it.”
“The next step is to get financial advisers,” he said. “But first, I have to take my wife to Hawaii. She really wants that.”
Twice a week, Persley would stop in at the Santa Cruz Market. “I always imagined I would walk into the store and find out that I won,” he said.
And then he did exactly that.
When he went into the market to buy lotto tickets, Bankook Choi, the store owner, told him the store had won and to check his tickets. Persley went to visit his wife, Pauline, at work and checked the numbers in the parking lot. All six numbers matched.
“I felt calm, and just so happy,” he said. “I told my wife and she started screaming and jumping up and down.”
There are no plans for penthouses or private jets in his future, he said.
“People think we are going to jump up and start spending all our money,” he said. “But that’s just not the way this works.”
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