Lotto winner: 'I pinched myself to make sure it was real'

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 6 at 6:20 PM

OLYMPIA -- Washington's newest Mega Millions millionaire and his family finally revealed themselves to America.  Jim and Carolyn McCullar will split the $380 million dollar jackpot with another winner in Post Falls, Idaho.  It's the second largest jackpot in history.

On Thursday, they held a press conference at the Washington State Lottery Office in Olympia.  Jim retired from Boeing 20 years ago and plays golf in his spare time.  His wife also plays with him.  They have been married for 41 years and have 6 children, 23 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Jim said he found out he won after watching the late local news in his home.  He quickly told his wife who thought we was having a heart attack.  They went to the computer and confirmed the numbers on the Washington State Lottery website.

Jim said he played the same numbers years before and won $18,600 dollars on a Keno game.

During the press conference, Jim said his family and their children will never have to worry about money again.  During their trip in Olympia, he even asked Governor Chris Gregoire if she would like to play golf with him.  She said she and her husband would like that very much.

No state taxes would apply in Washington, where the lump sum payment would be $90 million dollars after the 25% federal tax.  The winning numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, with the Mega ball number of 42.

The winner in Post Falls still has not come forward.

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