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October 4th, 2003, 11:00 AM #1
AN American soldier, on leave from duties in South Korea, has won a massive $156m state lottery jackpot, it was announced yesterday.
Staff Sergeant Stephen Moore (30) matched all six numbers to win the largest lottery windfall in Georgia to date. But he vowed his new found riches would not change him, saying: "It's no different. I will always be the same person."
Mr Moore, a chemical decontamination specialist with the 520th Maintenance Company, was on 30-day leave when he discovered his win. The jackpot was nearly $156m but he chose the cash option - worth £91m before taxes.
His wife Danielle is also in the military, serving in South Korea as an electronics technician with C Company, 52nd Aviation Regiment. The couple will now renew their wedding vows made eight years ago.
Mr Moore will return to South Korea but only to say farewell to his fellow servicemen. He hopes he will be discharged from the army and allowed to retire. He also wants to buy his mother a Mercedes. His wife said as well as renewing her vows, she wanted a second honeymoon and a new house.
She too is seeking a discharge.
"I'm thinking I'm going to wake up and this is all a dream," she said.
Mr Moore's mother, Annette Moore (47) said: "All I know is that God done showed up and shelled out."
October 4th, 2003, 11:12 AM #2
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Good for him. He and his wife are both in the service and probably not making a lot of money. I'd rather see people like that win then someone who is already "comfortable."
What's really scary is that his mother is the same age as me and she has a 30 year old son. My oldest is only 18. I caouldn't fathom having a 30 tr old, I haven't finished growing up yet.