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136 million reasons to quit

April 04, 2008|From the Associated Press

LANSING, MICH. — David Sneath had worked at a Ford Motor Co. parts warehouse for 34 years, but it didn't take him any time at all to walk out once he discovered he had won a $136-million Mega Millions jackpot.

"I yelled to the boss, 'I'm out of here,' " Sneath said Thursday after going to state lottery headquarters in downtown Lansing to pick up his first $1-million check.

Sneath plans to buy a cottage on Mullett Lake in northern Michigan and maybe a new fishing boat or two.

Sneath turned 60 on Tuesday, the day he won.

Sneath plans to take a lump payment worth $84.3 million, or $59.6 million after taxes.

Sneath generally kicked in $6 a week with four co-workers at his job in Brownstown to buy lottery tickets. This time, his son bought him $15 worth of tickets. But his four co-workers didn't entirely lose out. He plans to give them $1 million each.

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