Mechanic wins $11.5 million Lotto jackpot He will receive $460,000 a year for 25 years

June 13, 1998|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

An immigrant from South Korea who is an air-conditioning mechanic and has been a U.S. citizen for a year has hit an $11.5 million Maryland Lotto jackpot, officials announced yesterday.

Ikjae Ahn, a 39-year-old father of two, said he realized his ticket had the winning numbers -- 10-14-25-37-43-46 -- when he checked it Thursday night against numbers posted at the 7-Eleven store in the Montgomery County community of Derwood, where he bought the ticket about a week earlier.

The winning number had been drawn June 6.

Ahn, who lives in a townhouse in the Montgomery County community of Germantown, said last night, "I just didn't believe it."

He has lived in the United States for about 7 1/2 years.

He and his wife, Jung, have two daughters Julie, 9 and Jessica, 5, both students in Montgomery County schools.

Ahn said he buys $5 worth of lottery tickets twice a month.

He has not received any of his winnings, which will give him $460,000 a year for 25 years.

He said he has no plans to give up his job as a civilian air-conditioning mechanic at the National Naval Hospital in Bethesda, where he has worked for a year and a half.

He said he plans to continue studying to become a mechanical engineer, to visit his brothers in Seoul, South Korea, and to donate a portion of the prize money to the Korean Presbyterian Church in Rockville, where he and his family worship.

Pub Date: 6/13/98

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