Winner says money won't change him


May 21, 1991|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff

Lester Martin knew what he wanted.

The Fairfield, Pa., resident gave the grocery store clerk a $10 bill and asked for a roll of Tums and $5 of his change in Maryland Lotto tickets.

When she gave him too much change and only one Lotto ticket, Martin corrected her and asked for four more Lotto tickets.

One of the four has turned out to be worth $11,787,905.

It was the second-largest prize in the Lotto game's history, but Martin vowed the windfall won't change him.

"It's not going to change our lifestyle," he insisted yesterday after turning in his winning ticket at lottery headquarters. "We are going to get some things we've never had before. I'm going to buy my wife a new car; she's never had one."

But "I have no intentions of retiring," said Martin, a supervisor at Beck Blue Ridge, a plumbing manufacturer in Greencastle, Pa.

Martin is sharing his winnings with his two grown sons, David M. Martin, 39, who is manager at the Beck Blue Ridge plant, and Carroll L. Martin, 42, who is public works director in Emmitsburg.

Each of the three will collect initial payments of $198,968, followed by 19 annual payments of $196,333, all before taxes, lottery officials said.

Martin said neither of his sons plans a job change as a result of the newfound wealth. Between them, David and Carroll Martin ** have four children and two grandchildren, making Lester Martin and his wife, Betty, great-grandparents twice over.

The elder Martin said he and his wife were driving to Hagerstown Saturday, to visit Mrs. Martin's mother in the hospital, when they stopped at Decker's Grocery Store in Cascade, just a mile inside Maryland on the Washington County/Frederick County line, to buy a roll of Tums and some Maryland Lotto tickets.

Martin had the tickets in his pocket the next day when he picked up the Sunday newspaper and turned to the Lotto numbers.

"The second one I looked at, I said, 'Hey, I got three numbers,' " Martin recalled. When he realized he had all six numbers, he tried to tell his wife. But she was on the telephone with her sister and ignored him.

"I kept hollering at her," he said. "I said, 'I got all six of them.' But she didn't pay attention to me. So I kept holding up six fingers."

Finally, Mrs. Martin hung up to find out what in the world had gotten into her husband. When he told her, he said, "she just started to laugh."

Mrs. Martin put the ticket into a plastic card holder, and Mr. Martin put the multimillion-dollar ticket into his billfold for the long wait for Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to open yesterday morning.


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