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"Dyslexic" US Senator, Chairman of powerful Budget Committee, wins big lottery. [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2005-10-21 07:44:14 |Display all floors
Powerful Budget Committee Chairman who often transposes numbers hits it lucky and wins a big prize in multi-state lottery.

Sen. Judd Gregg wins $853K in Powerball
Staff and wire reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg won $853,492 this week in the big Powerball lottery. He is one of 49 winners who shared the "Match 5" bonus awarded to those who had five numbers right, but not the final Powerball number.

Usually, getting the first five right is worth a mere $200,000. But the lottery organizers changed the rules this summer to spread the wealth from the biggest jackpots. The new bonus rules were triggered on Wednesday night when a single ticket took first prize in a $340 million Powerball lottery. Gregg and 48 other lucky ticketholders received an extra $653,492.

What will he do with the lottery money?

"Whatever my wife tells me what to do with it?" he joked, saying he would turn a portion of the winnings over to the Hugh Gregg Foundation, which supports New Hampshire charities and is named after Gregg's late father, a former governor of New Hampshire.

Gregg said he didn't play any particular numbers and allowed the lottery ticket machine to select them at random. He said he checked the tickets Thursday and told his wife, Kathy, that he had won some money.

"She said, 'Are you sure you read the numbers correctly?' because I tend to be a little dyslexic, I tend to transpose numbers," he said.

He said he doesn't buy lottery tickets often but was intrigued by the publicity of the massive jackpot.

A Powerball ticket worth $340 million was sold in Jacksonville, Ore. No one has stepped forward yet to claim the largest jackpot in the game's history and the second-biggest in U.S. history.

The 58-year-old Republican's ticket was one of 47 regular tickets and two with the Power Play option that matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball.

The winning numbers drawn Wednesday evening were 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29. The lump sum option would be worth $110 million after taxes.

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Post time 2005-10-23 00:16:57 |Display all floors

Transposing numbers...

When a person transposes numbers, they reverse the digits.

So Senator Gregg might look at a budget request for $18 million, and then all the air would expel out of his lungs, his shoulders would slump, and he'd say, "Okay, $81 million, but not more than $100 million next year."

Of course, since we're talking about the US Federal budget, the numbers would likely be much, much higher.

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