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$57 Million Jackpot Winners Have Modest Plans

9 August 2001

CALIFORNIA – August 9, 2001- --As reported by the (California) Inland Empire: "…`When I saw the (winning) numbers, I thought I was holding two copies of the (results),' said Ross Larsen of Bloomington, recalling the first time he checked his winning lottery ticket.

"Larsen, 48, and his friend Rusty Cummings, also of Bloomington, won a $57 million California lottery jackpot while vacationing in San Diego.

"Larsen and Cummings are friendly and well-spoken, and still a little baffled by the attention that comes with being new millionaires.

"…Two friends of more than 20 years, who worked a Postal Service graveyard shift and won $57 million?

"…Cummings, 41, said he and Larsen have played about 95 percent of the Super Lotto draws since the game started.

"…Yet even with all that newfound wealth, the men said there are no mansions or luxury cars on their horizon. They prefer to lead a simpler, quieter life, they said.

"…Within hours of realizing they had won, the men got a financial adviser, someone they had already known and trusted.

"Some of their immediate plans include setting up an estate plan, starting a college fund for relatives and possibly starting their own business.

"…The men said they want to take the time to plan their future, with traveling, purchasing a home and helping family members as their top priorities. Larsen is looking for a new home for his father while Cummings has made the same offer to his mother.

"…Before they won, the men said their fantasies about winning the lottery included telling their mothers they were buying a house by a lake.

"…But Larsen's mother died just recently, before the fantasy became real.

"…`His mother died a month ago, and we can't help but think she had something to do with it,' Cummings said."

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