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$31 Million Lotto Makes Teacher Rich

20 November 2000

NEW YORK – Nov. 20, 2000 – As reported by the New York Post: ``The Lotto's mystery Millennium Millions winner - a 26-year-old teacher - finally surfaced yesterday, claiming she was too busy with classroom duties to collect her half of the state's $130 million jackpot.

``Eugenia Sitaras - a kindergarten teacher at a Gravesend, Brooklyn, school - kept Big Apple lottery officials in suspense waiting for a winner to claim the other half of the state's biggest jackpot ever.

```I had certain responsibilities I had to take care of first' said the demure Sitaras, who is taking her payment in one lump sum, $31 million before taxes. `I had to finish preparing for my parent-teacher meetings.'

``The other winner of the $130 million jackpot, Jim Hall, a retired truck driver from Pennsylvania, claimed his check two weeks ago.

``Sitaras said she kept her winning ticket a secret for several days before she asked her father to check the numbers.

``Downplaying any potentially dizzying lifestyle changes ahead, Sitaras said, "I will obviously buy the things that I always wanted, but I want to stay grounded."

``She said she has no plans to quit her teaching job..."

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