$72 Million Lottery Winner Plans to Keep Working

January 27, 2012  |  

For most people, quitting their job would be the first thing they did if they won the lottery, but not Marcia Adams. The 33-year-old says she plans to keep her job as a corporate accountant.

“I love what I do,” she said. “I have a purpose.

“I want this money to last so I can retire early, not retire now, and be comfortable and make sure that my family is comfortable.”

So what is the first thing Marcia plans to do? She told news sources, “I’m hiring a financial planner.”

Marcia definitely has her financial head on straight, even though she says the fact that she actually won hasn’t quite sunk in yet. Less than an hour before the drawing Tuesday, Marcia told her boyfriend to pick up a Quick Pik when he stopped by an Atlanta Food Mart. Later, she said she knew someone had won the millions but she didn’t think for a second that it was her. It wasn’t until Thursday morning that Marcia remembered the ticket when she and her boyfriend saw a lottery billboard on their way to work.

“He checked the number on his phone, and screamed my name,” Marcia said. “We pulled over to the side of the highway so I could check the number again. Then I said, ‘We’ve got to get to the nearest store so I could check the numbers again.’”

After telling her job she wouldn’t be in—just for the day—Marcia went directly to the lottery office for confirmation that she was the winner. Because Marcia chose to take a lump sum, her winnings were reduced to $52 million. After state and federal taxes take another 35 percent, she’ll take home about $33.8 million.

“That’s plenty,” she joked.

Something tells me Marcia won’t ever appear on one of those “the lottery ruined my life” shows.

Would you keep working if you won $72 million?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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