Joan Jones, a water district office manager from Carmichael, doubled a jackpot worth nearly $6 million to win $11.75 million Saturday, the second largest prize won in the state lottery's Big Spin.
"I'm still the same me, little Joanie," Jones, 53, said in a telephone interview.
She said she plans to keep her $17,000-a-year job with the Del Paso Manor Water District in Sacramento.
Cruise and New Truck
" 'Dad' gets his pickup with a camper on top," she said, referring to her husband of nearly 24 years, Hank, a retired Safeway produce manager. "We're going on a Caribbean cruise--that's my dream--and I will make a contribution to the Carmichael Elks for the Crippled Children's Society."
"I haven't given it (her new riches) much thought" beyond that, Jones added. "I'm still shaking."
The mother of four and grandmother of five, Jones said she would celebrate her win this weekend at a family reunion. She said she has been playing the lottery "since they started," but had never won more than $5 before buying the ticket last month that entitled her to a $500 prize and contained the letters that led to her being chosen for the Big Spin.