Mich. Couple Claims $107M Jackpot
Feb. 01, 2001
LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ On Thursday morning, Tony and Linda Calliea's checking account was overdrawn. By afternoon, the Callieas were multimillionaires.
The couple stepped forward Thursday to claim the $107 million jackpot in Tuesday's multi-state Big Game drawing.
The Callieas' $5 ticket, bought at Mama's Pizzeria and Party Store in Chesterfield Township, matched all six numbers.
``I'm stunned. I've been shaking since yesterday,'' Tony Calliea said at Michigan lottery headquarters. ``I haven't eaten. I haven't slept.''
The Callieas play the Big Game regularly but had never won anything except ``the plush football from the Doritos bag,'' Linda Calliea joked.
She gripped her husband's hand Thursday as she signed lottery documents. ``Don't let go of me,'' she said.
The Callieas chose the lump-sum option, which left them with winnings of $57.7 million before taxes.
Tony Calliea, 39, is a computer technician. Linda Calliea described herself as a ``domestic engineer.'' The Callieas have been married 16 years and have two children, ages 16 and 12.
Tony Calliea took a vacation day to go to the lottery headquarters and hasn't quit his job. ``I haven't really thought about it. It happened so fast,'' he said.
Their eyes welling with tears, the couple said they have no idea how they will spend the money. Their friends shouted ``Maui!'' and told Tony Calliea that he ought to buy a new truck. Linda had another idea.
``My nieces and nephews and friends' children are going to go to college,'' she said.
Big Game tickets are sold in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.
The odds of getting all six winning numbers are 1 in 76 million.
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