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A Michigan couple claimed a down payment last Friday (April 30) on their $208 million US Mega Millions lottery win – the third-largest-ever jackpot for the game – and then promptly hit the road in a recreational vehicle.
According to an Associated Press report, the first purchase for Ralph and Mary Stebbins of Port Huron, who picked up a check at Michigan state lottery headquarters for $1 million, less taxes, was a new RV.
Bob Kolt, a media specialist representing the family, said the Stebbinses – in their 40s, married for more than 20 years and with three children – have always wanted to travel. “They’re on the road as we speak,” he said during a Friday interview.
Ralph Stebbins had done mechanical work in the past, Kolt said. Mary Stebbins was a $7-an-hour retail sales clerk at a local general-merchandise store. Both quit their jobs.
The couple chose to take their winnings in one payment, giving them $124.7 million, less taxes. They could have chosen to spread $208 million in payments over 26 years.