New multimillionaires discover the downside of their windfall Strangers want to be their friends

August 09, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

SYKESVILLE -- Along with fame and fortune, Carroll County's newest multimillionaires are finding out, come peculiar phone calls and odd comments.

Clinton Lee and Patricia Stansfield, winners of last week's $6 million lottery, said they are adjusting well to their winnings. But they can do without the fame, they said.

The Stansfields, lifelong Sykesville residents, claimed their prize Monday. News spread quickly among family, friends and strangers.

"When we got back from lottery headquarters Monday, my neighbor ran up to the car," said Mr. Stansfield, 48. "She said she had never hugged a millionaire before and wanted to start with me."

The neighbor also wanted to watch the news with them.

"She settled in with us as we watched ourselves on thtelevision," said Mr. Stansfield.

Familiar faces and voices are fine with the family, he said. The strangers are a little unnerving.

"One total stranger called just to say he wanted to talk to a millionaire," said Mr. Stansfield. "He said he played all the time and wanted to congratulate me."

Mrs. Stansfield, 49, took a call from a woman who said she really needed $10,000.

RF The Stansfields picked up their first check -- for $293,613 before

taxes -- Thursday. So far, they haven't spent a cent.

The only splurge they plan is a long trip to Hawaii. They need another car, but don't intend to buy anything extravagant, said Mrs. Stansfield.

"Everyone keeps saying we should buy a Mercedes," she said. "I'd settle for a nice Buick."

Nineteen more annual checks, each for $297,000 before taxes, will follow until 2012.

Not bad for an impulse purchase, said Mr. Stansfield.

"It was just a whim," he said. "I just jumped in the line at Carrolltowne Liquors last week and bought a ticket."

Co-workers at B. Green and Co. in Baltimore told him Monday that the winning ticket had been purchased at the liquor store.

He phoned home and asked his wife to search the house because he had forgotten where he put it. Mrs. Stansfield found the family fortune in the pocket of her husband's shorts, tossed on the floor of the bedroom closet.

She said the money won't change her family's priorities.

"We are the same people," she said Friday. "Only now, we don't have to worry about money so much."

Sons Tracy, 22, and Todd, 27, have taken a "little razzing" at their jobs, but both plan to keep them.

"I'm not having two lazy people lolling around the house," said Mrs. Stansfield, with a laugh.

Mr. Stansfield was back on his job Friday as foreman, training people to take over in case he retires. He said he hasn't made that decision yet.

He was taking his crew out to lunch, though.

;/ "That one is on him," said Mrs. Stansfield.

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