Rich get richer: Man wins 2nd Lotto jackpot

December 30, 1993|By Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- OK, get ready to raise those arms in righteous indignation.

In the "there is no justice" category, a man who retired to Boca Raton, Fla., in 1987, after claiming $3 million in Ohio's Super Lotto, is back at the winner's trough.

Yesterday, Joseph Patrick Crowley was in Tallahassee, Fla., to claim his $20 million prize as the sole winner of Saturday's Florida Lotto drawing.

"I needed to win this," Mr. Crowley, 66, jokingly told lottery officials after renting a Lear jet to fly to the state capital to turn in his winning ticket. "My [Ohio] payments were going to run out in the year 2007."

"That's crazy!" said Pat Towner, who lives across the street from Mr. Crowley in Boca Pointe. "Every week we get five to eight

tickets. It's about time we won now."

The payout from the Ohio lottery was $150,000 a year, before taxes, on a game with 1-in-10.7 million odds. Florida's Lotto, with 49 numbers to choose six numbers from, has odds of almost 1 in 14 million.

But Mr. Crowley kept playing, a fact lottery experts say is not uncommon.

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