Game goes on for $1.6 million Lotto winners Couple continues to play after hitting jackpot

October 15, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

John and Julie Nicholson, both 61, are still playing to win, even after learning they will collect a $1.6 million Lotto jackpot over the next 20 years.

John Nicholson, a retired Naval officer, said he has already bought another $2 Quik Pik Lotto ticket from Odenton Liquors on Annapolis Road, the place he bought the winning ticket Thursday.

"Not that I'm greedy, but my wife said to," the self-described "house husband" said. Buying two $2 tickets a week has been a habit for 14 years, said Mr. Nicholson, who asked that his address not be published.

"It's not a bad return," he said of the nearly $3,000 he has spent on the game of chance over the years.

Mr. Nicholson said his wife of 14 years didn't believe they had the winning ticket until he showed her the numbers in the newspaper. Since then, the couple has found plenty of uses for the loot: They want to revisit Ireland and cruise Alaska, set up college funds for their 17 grandchildren and help out the 12 adult children they share from previous marriages. They also plan to donate to charity, including Bea Gaddy's effort to help the homeless in Baltimore, Mr. Nicholson said.

Mrs. Nicholson won't retire early. She'll wait until next year to leave her job as an office manager as planned, according to her husband.

"Everybody should be so lucky," Mr. Nicholson said of the annual payments, which he said will make the couple "comfortable but not wealthy."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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