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Rancho Mirage couple hits the lottery, wins cool $20 million

November 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
John and Norma Jean Crippen of Rancho Mirage are one lucky couple.

They are the latest winners of the California SuperLotto Plus ticket valued at $20 million. Their odds of winning were 1 in 41 million.

They say they can't believe it, but it's getting easier to with an enormous check in hand.

Instead of the $20 million, the couple will receive their winnings in a lump sum payment of $14.2 million.

As for their big plans: "One of my kids suggested we get the whole family together and take a cruise to Alaska," John Crippen said.

The Crippens bought the winning ticket at a Chevron in Rancho Mirage near their home. As is his custom, John Crippen purchased $13 worth of tickets and picked the numbers he's played for more than a decade.

Then, on Saturday night, 25-22-28-43-21 and Mega 12 finally hit the jackpot.

"I didn't quite believe it, but I had a friend of mine who assured me my numbers had been drawn," he said.

The couple says they will donate some of their winnings to Eisenhower Medical Center, the not-for-profit hospital in Rancho Mirage, and two churches.

While most people would retire, 81-year-old John Crippen says he plans to continue working as a product development manager.

His wife says they will also help their two children and four grandchildren.

The Crippens will receive their real check for $14.2 million in two weeks, minus the 25 percent in taxes they'll be paying to Uncle Sam.


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