Mr. and Mrs. Peel (No, Not Emma from the British Avenger) Win $60 Million


Okay, so it wasn’t Emma  Peel who won the Powerball jackpot. But a man, Noel Peel.

One of the all time great TV shows. Remember the Avengers, with John Steed and Mrs. Peel? [crap, I’m showing my age]

But it was “a” mrs. Peel who won. Awesome. Here is her story.

A bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich from John’s Deli on Pearl Street in Seymour, Connecticut, tasted even better to Noel Peel (also from Seymour) when it was served up with a side of $60 million in Powerball lottery prize money.

Peel has become the state’s 8th Powerball jackpot winner.  Wife Fredda beside him, Peel picked up a $60 million prize for being the game’s only jackpot winner for the June 23 drawing.  It’s a beautiful thing, Peel told the crowd of onlookers.

Peel, a regular at John’s Deli, noticed the Lottery’s in-store display terminal while he waited in line for his daily breakfast sandwich and coffee.

At the counter, he asked to buy a few tickets “ two for Mega Millions, and two for Powerball.   His Quick Pick ticket for the Saturday, June 23 Powerball drawing turned out to be the only ticket sold nationwide that matched the winning numbers exactly.

Peel didn’t think about his purchase until several days later, when he noticed his ticket in the console of his truck.

Checking his ticket, Peel learned he’d won the game’s jackpot prize.  It wasn’t until we got to Lottery headquarters that we learned that the jackpot was actually worth $60 million, said Peel.  We just couldn’t believe it.

Powerball’s winning numbers drawn on June 23, which were 1 “ 3 “ 41 “ 44 “ 53 and a Powerball of 30.  Nationwide, there were 421,685 winning tickets for the June 23, 2012 Powerball drawing.

Frank Farricker, Chairman of the Board for the CT Lottery, presented Peel and his wife Fredda with a prize check for the one-time cash lump sum value of $39,814,200 (before taxes).  Federal income tax was $9,953,550; state income tax was $2,667,551.

We are just so thankful that this has happened, said Peel, a self-employed building contractor.  We have an amazing family.  We don’t need a million dollars to make it better, but it doesn’t hurt, said Peel with a laugh.

Indeed. Great attitude, dude.

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Married to a beautiful (and extremely intelligent--- smarter than I am) South African woman. One child (brilliant). I've written three books, only one now available. Editor in chief of magazines...former managing editor .... news reporter, magazine writer, joker, sometimes a fool, lottery expert, lover of old, classic movies, music fanatic, Science Fiction fan (Warhammer 40,000, Game of Thrones). Goal for next year: Walk the Camino de Santiago. Into metaphysics, Esther Hicks (Abraham), Louise Hay


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