Santa Cruz man wins $39M lottery ticket

June 25, 2009 9:32:52 AM PDT
A 49-year-old Santa Cruz man who worked three jobs to support his family has been identified as the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $39 million lottery.

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A California Lottery spokeswoman says Clyde Persley turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket on Tuesday night and should receive his first check for about $16 million in four to six weeks.

Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter, operates candy-making machines for Santa Cruz Nurtritionals, drives a limousine and picks up extra hours at a local restaurant. He says his first moves will be taking his wife on a trip to Hawaii and hiring a financial adviser.

He bought his winning ticket at a Santa Cruz market where he has played the lottery twice a week for several years.

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