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Jackpot winner to boss: I'm out of here

By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN, Associated Press WriterFri Apr 4, 12:00 PM ET

David Sneath has worked at a Ford Motor Co. parts warehouse for 34 years, but it didn't take him any time at all to walk out once he discovered he had won a $136 million Mega Millions jackpot.

"I yelled to the boss, 'I'm out of here,'" Sneath said Thursday after going to state lottery headquarters in downtown Lansing to pick up his first $1 million check.

Sneath, of Livonia in suburban Detroit, said the reality of his win has yet to sink in.

"I still haven't touched base with Earth yet," he said. When he saw in a newspaper that he had a winning ticket, "my whole body went numb."

Sneath plans to buy a cottage on Mullett Lake in northern Michigan and maybe a new fishing boat or two to help him land the walleye he loves to catch. He's tired of misplacing his glasses and may get laser surgery to correct his vision. And he'll probably move out of his three-bedroom, two-bath ranch home, although he plans to stay in Michigan.

He's even considering a return to Eastern Michigan University to finish his bachelor's degree. He's eight credits shy of a major in warehousing and a minor in international marketing.

Sneath turned 60 on Tuesday, the day he won the jackpot. Friends and relatives at first thought it was an April Fool's joke.

"I called my sister; she didn't believe me. I called my daughter; she thought I was nuts," said Sneath, who said he made his first call to his ex-wife, Deborah.

Deborah, whom he called "my significant ex," attended the Thursday news conference where Sneath was presented with a large replica of a $136 million check. His daughter was there with her daughter, as was his son, who had bought the winning ticket on his father's behalf during trip to a gas station to get cigarettes.

Sneath plans to take a lump payment worth $84.3 million, or $59.6 million after taxes. On Thursday, he got the first $1 million; he'll get the remainder in a second payment. At the warehouse, he made $60,000 to $70,000 a year.

A self-described "character," Sneath generally kicked in $6 a week with four co-workers at his job in Brownstown to buy lottery tickets, spending half the money on tickets for Tuesday's draw and half for Friday's.

This time, his son bought him $15 worth of tickets, picking numbers Sneath suggested. The winning combination - 4, 17, 26, 46 and 56, plus 25 for the Mega Ball - were numbers Sneath once got as a random pick and continues to play.

But his four co-workers didn't entirely lose out. He plans to give them $1 million each out of his winnings.

Sneath said he doesn't have any big plans for the money, but noted none will go toward buying a big, new foreign car.

"I worked for Ford Motor Co.," he said. "I won't be buying a foreign product."

Sneath's $136 million jackpot may seem like a lot, but it doesn't even come close to the record. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million in March last year, given to two winners in Georgia and New Jersey.

Mega Millions is a multistate lottery game offered in Michigan, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington state. Jackpots start at a guaranteed $12 million and grow when no one wins the jackpot.

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The sad part is he will, more likely than not, be broke within 5 - 7 years. :shock:

I hope that is not the case.
 

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"Sneath said he doesn't have any big plans for the money, but noted none will go toward buying a big, new foreign car."

I saw an interview with the couple and actually his wife interjected at this point that she wanted a Mercedes. :lol:
 

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cbramsey said:
The sad part is he will, more likely than not, be broke within 5 - 7 years. :shock:

I hope that is not the case.
Sad but true. One of the cable channels, did a show on this very subject. The percentage/odds are high that he'll be broke/in-debt within 5 to 7 years. On another note; That Mobile station he bought it from, is just east of me and two blocks west from where Mrs. PK's daughter lives.
 

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"Sneath said he doesn't have any big plans for the money, but noted none will go toward buying a big, new foreign car."

I saw an interview with the couple and actually his wife interjected at this point that she wanted a Mercedes. :lol:
Good for him!!! Todays Free Press:

"Michigan's newest multimillionaire is a loyal Ford guy after all.

David Sneath of Livonia, winner of Tuesday's $136-million Mega Millions jackpot, said -- contrary to a story in Friday's Free Press -- that he will buy Ford vehicles, after working 34 years for the automaker. He also said Friday that he may get back together with his ex-wife, Deborah Sneath, declaring, "I love that girl."

Friday's story incorrectly quoted Sneath, saying he would not buy a "Ford product" when asked whether he would purchase a luxury car. In fact, he said he would not buy a "foreign product." But his answer was misunderstood by reporters for the Free Press and the Associated Press, which also misquoted him.

"I worked 34 years for them; I'm not going to turn my back on them," said Sneath, who drove a hi-lo at a Ford parts warehouse in Brownstown Township. He said he is done working and has submitted his retirement paperwork.

Sneath, 60, said he plans to buy himself a Lincoln Navigator, his 22-year-old son a Ford Explorer and his ex-wife a Ford, but she hasn't picked a model."
 

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MadMax said:
Sneath, 60, said he plans to buy himself a Lincoln Navigator, his 22-year-old son a Ford Explorer and his ex-wife a Ford, but she hasn't picked a model."
And they don't even have to worry about gas prices. Lucky!! :wave:
 

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...as long as he doesn't blow it all.
 

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...as long as he doesn't blow it all.
That would actually take some work to pi$$ away 59.6 mil.
 

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That would be a challenge I would like to take. :wave:
 

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That would be a challenge I would like to take. :wave:
:lol: :clap: Yeah, I'll take a shot.
 

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There was a bozo right near where I live who won a multi-million dollar lottery a few years back (I don't remember exactly, but it was something like 9 million dollars)

A couple years later, he was busted in an ENORMOUS drug deal & sent off to prison.

~John
 

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Dasha said:
PollKat said:
MadMax said:
Sneath, 60, said he plans to buy himself a Lincoln Navigator, his 22-year-old son a Ford Explorer and his ex-wife a Ford, but she hasn't picked a model."
And they don't even have to worry about gas prices. Lucky!! :wave:
Still no reason to not outfit the entire family with Ford Hybrids! :yahoo:

Heck, get a fleet, then do the after-market conversion to plug-in ( http://www.hymotion.com ) and throw on a few roof-top solar panels ( http://www.solarelectricalvehicles.com )



Of course, if it was me, I'd corner the market on mid-60s Valiants and watch my investment grow. :bill:
 

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Ya know, I just haven't seen mid-60's Valiants burning up the collector car auctions recently. I don't ever remember seeing them at a collector car auction. I like 'em, though, like you do, but not every car retains or increases its value. I loved my old Checker, but, sadly, had to face the fact that it was never going to pay for my retirement...
 

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Ya know, I just haven't seen mid-60's Valiants burning up the collector car auctions recently.
Precisely... I intend to corner the market before anyone else catches on to this undiscovered "gem" :thumb:

On another note, it was pointed out to me earlier today that the photograph of the Escape with the roof-top solar panels appears to be a V-6 model (rather than a Hybrid) based on the badging visible on the tailgate. Oops! Guess the lads weren't thinking too clearly when they mocked up a vehicle for the picture. :shrug:
 
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