California man working 3 jobs wins US$39 M lottery jackpot
For 20 years, Clyde Persley of Santa Cruz worked more than 60 hours a week making candy, driving limousines and waiting by the phone to pick up extra hours at a restaurant.
He bought lottery tickets and hoped for his big break. And he got it. Persley, 49, turned in his winning SuperLotto Plus ticket to the California Lottery office Tuesday night, said California Lottery spokeswoman Cathy Doyle Johnston, and will receive a check for about US$ $16 Million in four to six weeks.
"I´m so happy for my family," said Persley, who is married with a 4-year-old daughter. "We gotta´ get the money first, but we are definitely not going to waste it."
"The next step is to get financial advisers," he said "And I have to take my wife to Hawaii. She really wants that."
Persley has been working three jobs for the past six years to support his family. He worked part time as a limousine driver and on-call at El Palomar restaurant, but he worked full time for Santa Cruz Nutritionals, formerly Harmony Foods, operating candy-making machines.
Although he no longer has to work, Persley finds it hard to think about leaving his job.
While there are no plans for penthouses or private jets just yet, Persley does see relaxation and family time in his future.
His priorities include a college fund for his daughter, support for his mother and his father-in-law and traveling.
"I want to live a quiet life without stress," Persley said.
"There is not much more you could ask for."