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Family of Carpenters Wins $42 million Lottery Jackpot

June 2, 1990

CHICAGO (AP) _ A family of carpenters hung up their hammers for good Friday after claiming a $42 million Illinois Lotto jackpot.

Winners Edward and Dorothy Sherwin formed the Sherwin Family Partnership to help share the wealth with the next two generations.

″When we bought the tickets, we always said we’d share the winnings with the family,″ said Sherwin, 70, a retired carpenter from suburban Lombard. ″It’s a family thing.″

Sherwin said he handled the news of his winnings calmly.

He said he recalled saying, ″I don’t believe it.″ He then told his wife, Dorothy, who asked, ″Did you check the numbers?″

The numbers checked out, and ″Then, we finished our dinner,″ he said.

They were joined at a news conference with their five children, who brought their spouses and 16 grandchildren.

The family members will split $2.1 million - minus $483,000 in state and federal taxes - in payments each year for 20 years.

Sherwin said he hoped the new riches wouldn’t change his life too much.

″All I ever asked was to be left alone,″ he said. ″Now, all I want is for the family to stay the way we were and not split apart.″

Only grandson Greg Sherwin, a 20-year-old student at DePaul University, could think of any downside to the family’s sudden wealth.

″There goes financial aid, I guess,″ he said jokingly and promised never to gripe again about tuition.

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