First, an apology to the thousands of you who read this blog every day. Missed a few days this week because I was sick as a junkyard dog. [I think all of you know what I mean.]
Better today. So here we go.
The winner of the $116 million Powerball jackpot just stepped forward at last. But he isn’t doing much talking.
Not much was known about him, so I have to thank the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper (where I once worked, by the way) for much of the story below.
A 46-year-old advertising executive from Mableton, Georgia, has stepped forward with the $116 million Powerball ticket.
Gerald L. Render chose the cash option so he’ll only be getting $63 million before taxes.
ONLY? Well that’s not too bad I’d say. But we continue…
Render claimed the prize Friday afternoon, two weeks after buying the winning Quik Pik jackpot ticket in Mableton.
The advertising executive had been showing up for work as usual at the Marietta-based Upscale Magazine. Render is vice president of advertising at the national publication, where he has worked at least 15 years, said his assistant, Erika Bennett.
Render didn’t tell her that he’d won. She only realized her boss was a millionaire after a local reporter e-mailed her a photo of the winner included in the Georgia Lottery’s announcement Friday.
Render is married, with two teenage children.
At first, Render thought he’d won the $13 million jackpot. Then, he thought he’d won tens of millions. Finally, he realized he’d won the big one, Bronner said. Render, who was at the corporate headquarters, rushed home, grabbed his wife and drove back.
Render turned up for work every day except Friday, acting normally.
In the meantime, he was establishing the limited liability corporation, Nichelle Leando LLC., that he would use to cash in the ticket.
Bennett, his secretary, said he’ll be missed if he doesn’t come back.
“He’s a good salesman,” she said. “We need him here.”
Render’s lawyers released this comment: “We are thankful and humbled by this enormous blessing that has been entrusted to us,” Render wrote, “and we understand that with it comes the responsibility of good stewardship.”