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Lottery winner: 'Kind of exciting, I guess'

Jun 20, 2007, 11:20 am

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Virginia Lottery

Dorothy Elliott stays low-key.

She just won the lottery — $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. But when the 68-year-old Norfolk resident met with the media this morning at the 7-Eleven store where she bought the fateful Win For Life ticket, she seemed completely unfazed by her good fortune.

"When I looked at the numbers in the paper, I had to read them a couple of times to make sure they matched," she said. "It was kind of exciting, I guess."

In the Win for Life drawing on June 13, the random numbers on Elliott's "Easy Play" ticket matched the six numbers drawn — 12, 29, 31, 32, 34 and 42.

Elliott works in a warehouse, packaging and shipping nuts and bolts. She has no immediate plans to retire.

"I still work six hours a day, from 9 to 3," she said. "I'd like to stay on at least until Sept. 13. That's my anniversary at the warehouse — 23 years. I thought when I got to be 70, I'd think about retiring, but I don't make a lot of money, and the Social Security each month — that ain't much. But the lottery, that's a good supplement."

Elliott said she plays the lottery every week, always letting the computer randomly pick her numbers. She said she never spends more than $2 on a ticket. Likewise, when she goes to a casino, she only takes $200. She says that will still be her limit even after her lottery win.

"I'm a Capricorn," she said. "They're kind of stingy anyway."

With the lottery, she said, she has always played the Win For Life game.

But now that she's won (for life), she's not going to play it anymore.

"Today," she said, "I bought me two tickets for the Mega Millions. I thought I'd give Mega Millions a try."

Dorothy Elliott of Norfolk receives her souvenir lottery check from Virginia Lottery Deputy Director Richard Williams.

Dorothy Elliott of Norfolk receives her souvenir lottery check from Virginia Lottery
Deputy Director Richard Williams.

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