Santee Couple Brings Home The Jackpot

July 13, 2007
By Braulio Ramirez

A 37-year old Santee man and his wife claimed $8.75 million in winnings in the state lottery Friday morning.

Jon and Jodi Smith won the jackpot after purchasing a ticket from a 7-eleven off Highway 52 in Santee. The money couldn’t have had a better timing. The maintenance worker recently lost his job at Qualcomm, finding himself unemployed for the forty-fourth time. The couple heard the news as they watched the TV show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

When asked about their winnings, Jodi exclaimed, “Diamonds! I also want a kitty condo for my kitties.” The couple already has big plans for their winnings. They plan to upgrade to a doublewide trailer and subscribe to the TV Guide. Jon suggested entering the Laundromat business with his wife and sell mangosteens on the side, a rare tropical fruit. The Smiths will give a generous contribution to the Red Cross, after the humanitarian organization aided them in a truck accident.

After taxes the couple will only retain $5 million from their winnings. Jon and Jodi have hired their cousin as their personal investment-advisor, having been the youngest cashier at a local Wal-Mart. Still, the couple considers the final amount a blessing.

“The good Lord has blessed us,” the couple reiterated at the Press Conference. Jon and Jodi extol the Lord through their Christian faith at a Holy Roller church.

The winning numbers were 3-4-33-43-44-45. These numbers have great significance for the lottery winner. Jon’s mother abandoned him at the age of 3, and his father followed when Jon turned 4. Thirty-three is the number of beers the winner had last week, and it will amount to forty-three this week. The final number was an exception, having been a lucky shot.
Not that Mr. Smith didn’t think that he deserved it.

“Couldn’t have happened to a nicer folk.”

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