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Daughter, dad win $46 million jackpot,0,789127.story
Daughter, dad win $46 million jackpot
By Casse Carling, The Stuart News, December 24, 2005

OKEECHOBEE A $46 million lottery windfall will provide an "amazing Christmas" for a local college student and her family.

April Martin, 20, and her father, Phillip, claimed the jackpot at lottery headquarters in Tallahassee on Friday, according to a press release.

Martin's father said he bought the winning Lotto ticket while grocery shopping and gave it to April once he discovered it held the winning numbers.

"We were shocked and in disbelief," April Martin said in the release. "Everyone was jumping around."

Phillip Martin said he selected his daughter to administer the family's good fortune because of her "fairness."

No one in the family was jealous because "they know they will get their fair share," April Martin said.

"This is going to be an amazing Christmas," she said.

April Martin said she plans to split the winnings with her four siblings, buying a new car for each, buying a house, paying for college and sharing some of the winnings with her mother.

Martin, a student at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, will receive the winnings in 30 annual payments. Her winning ticket was purchased at Publix in Northlake Village on U.S. 441 South in Okeechobee. The winning numbers were 3-4-5-9-44-51.

Martin's was the first winning Lotto ticket purchased in Okeechobee County. She is the 833rd winner since 1988.

The next Florida Lotto drawing will be held tonight at 11 p.m. with an estimated $3 million jackpot.

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