East Bay woman wins $32M jackpot

September 22, 2009 5:58:13 PM PDT
An East Bay woman is still reeling from learning she won Saturday's super-lotto plus $32 million jackpot. She says she's not exactly sure what she'll do with all that money, but buying a new house is on the list.

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Michele Dickerson says she checked her lotto ticket, the numbers she plays almost every week, on Sunday evening on her laptop. She couldn't believe her eyes.

"I just sat there and I picked up the laptop and put it back down, picked it up put it back down and that went on for a half an hour, at least," she said.

Her husband confirmed the special set of birthdates and ages had hit the $32 million jackpot.

"I called my mom of course and I don't know for some reason I whispered into the phone, I won," said Dickerson

Dickerson will take home $19.7million before federal taxes. The state's schools will get 34 percent of the jackpot, or about $10.8 million.

Dickerson says she hasn't told her 10-year-old daughter yet, but she did tell colleagues at the San Francisco credit union where she's worked for 21 years.

"Of course they could see evidence of tears and they assumed something was wrong with a family member so of course I couldn't let t hat happen so when I said it there was lots of screaming and jumping," said

The ticket was bought at Ahmad Rasheed's San Lorenzo liquor store, so he's a winner too to the tune of $160,000. It's the first lotto win here.

Rasheed plans to use some of the money to pay tuition for his three children currently in college.

"It's going to relieve some stress, put it to good use for their education you know," said Rasheed.

Dickerson hasn't decided if she'll keep working.

Related link:
List of lucky retailers

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