Principal gets first taste from jackpot

May 20, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

From now on, Jeffrey Kimble's paycheck from the Carroll County public school system will look like pocket change.

Yesterday Mr. Kimble, the principal of New Windsor Middle School, accepted the first of 20 annual checks in excess of $500,000 from the Maryland Lottery Commission as installments from his winning $18 million Lotto ticket last week.

Lottery officials presented Mr. Kimble with a check for $580,500 at the 7-Eleven store in New Windsor, where he purchased the winning ticket.

The check represented what was left from $900,000 after state and federal taxes were withheld.

Nancy Wade, district manager for Southland Corp., the store's owner, also received a check from lottery officials for $8,000 -- the store's bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Mr. Kimble, with wife Marjorie and son Ryan, arrived at the store at noon for the presentation. Asked if he was nervous carrying that amount of money, he nodded.

"When we bought our first house back in the 1960s, for about a minute, I had a check for $30,000 in my hand, and I looked at it and thought, 'I'll never have this much money again.' And now, geez," Mr. Kimble said.

His immediate plans were to turn the money over to the family financial adviser. "We've made a decision not to make any decisions right away," said Mrs. Kimble.

Mr. Kimble said he and his wife are still adamant about continuing to work, as they said last week. County school officials declined to specify Mr. Kimble's pay, but they said the average salary for a Carroll middle school principal is $67,228, depending on the size of the school.

Mrs. Kimble also works in the school system. The only change they've had to make in their lives so far is getting a new, unlisted telephone number.

"I really feel bad about that because I think the parents should be able to call me any time they need to," Mr. Kimble said. "But our daughter got some threatening calls [after he won the jackpot] that really frightened her." Other members of the family have received undesired calls as well, he said.

Last week, one of the things Mr. Kimble said he wanted to buy with his winnings was a new set of golf clubs. As of yesterday, he still didn't have them. "I went out and hit a few balls around and decided maybe I need some lessons first," he joked.

The couple said they had also decided that their daughter, Lauren, 24, would get a baby-sitter for her 1-year-old son when she returns to school next fall, rather than the grandparents baby-sitting three nights a week.

While the Kimbles are trying to keep their lives as normal as possible, other people are making changes for them. Last Saturday, trying to keep that semblance of normality, the Kimbles went to dinner and a movie in Eldersburg, thinking that away from Westminster and New Windsor they wouldn't be recognized.

"We had some time between dinner and the movie, so we went into Kmart," Mrs. Kimble said. "And this man behind us said, 'What . . . are you doing in here?' And I turned around and said, 'Shopping!' "

And son Ryan, when asked if he'd be getting a share of the Lotto winnings, was told by his father, "When I see his MBA."

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