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Lottery Winner Discusses Winnings

Aired July 31, 2002 - 12:54   ET

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KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: Well, here is a great story to tell you and everybody else. He beat the odds first against leukemia, and now the mega millions lottery drawing. Take a look at this. Semi- retired traveling salesman from Cliffside Park, New Jersey is collecting his winnings from the $165 million drawing that was held just two weeks ago. It is the largest single ticket jackpot in New Jersey Lottery's 32-year history. Sonny Judson has been married for 52 years. No doubt he is going to be taking a great vacation. Let's listen in.

SONNY JUDSON, LOTTERY WINNER: You don't know what to say. You don't even realize when you get this kind of money what it is. It is sort of like funny money. It was -- I was fortunate, I have a nice family. I did well in my own life, and I'm just happy that I picked the right number at the right time, the right day. And then I just went away, I went to Tanglewood (ph). That was it. It was a lot of fun. Thank you.

PHILLIPS: Sonny is 73 years old. He says he plans to form a foundation now and use part of the money to support charities that he has given money to in the past.

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