What do Popsicles and Powerball have in common? Not much, other than the fact that they have the same number of letters. (Fontana)
For John “Jack” Long, the two has forever changed his life. Long was picking up his favourite sweet treat, when he decided to test his luck on the lottery and it won him a $60 million prize.
Long hasn’t bought lottery tickets in a while, and while at the store to buy the popsicles then on his way out he decided to buy some before leaving. He ended up buying three Quick Pick tickets – one Powerball, one Mega Millions and one SuperLotto Plus.
“I didn’t ask or care how much it the jackpot was, just bought them on a whim.”
Long went home and didn’t think of it until the night of the draw when a neighbour told Long about the winning ticket that was sold at Cardenas Market – the same store where Long’s favourite popsicles was purchased. The neighbour also said workers told him the winner was “a regular customer with a power wheelchair” – Long was a regular at the store and he did use a power wheelchair.
So he figured he’d check his ticket the next time he was at the store. A few days later, another neighbour asked Long about the ticket and mentioned the description of the winner. At that point, Long decided to check his ticket. He went online and found the winning Powerball numbers from the draw – 10, 53, 17, 25, 45 and the Powerball 9.
“I kept looking at my ticket over and over again.”
Once it started to sink in, he headed straight for the Lottery’s District Office in San Bernardino to claim his $60 million prize. He decided to take the cash option amount of $35.9 million.
First and foremost, Long wants to buy cars for his two daughters that live nearby. “I want to give them something that’s good and suitable, an SUV or a van, no fancy Lexus and stuff, something economical.” He would also like to help out others in need and possibly a local organisation he cares about.
As for Long himself, he said he doesn’t need a new car or a new house as he likes the car he has and the house he lives in. In fact, he said not much is really going to change with him, “I’m just a simple, old man.” A simple, old man with a lot more money to buy popsicles.