Press Release
 

Scott and Marian Calligan

July 9, 2003

Pennsylvania


HARRISBURG -- With tens of millions of dollars at his fingertips, Scott Calligan did what any lottery winner would do: He went shopping."I bought this shirt," said Calligan, tugging on the sleeve of a new blue, button-down cotton shirt. "We didn't have the money yet."

Calligan, 40, and his wife, Marian, 39, of Cranberry, came forward yesterday to collect $73,641,790.05, their share of the winnings from the July 9 Powerball drawing. The couple opted for the lump sum -- less 27 percent federal taxes --- instead of the 30-year $130.6 million annuity.

It was the largest prize in Pennsylvania Lottery history.

"This may be the best thing I will do in my four years as governor," said Gov. Ed Rendell, who introduced the couple at a hastily arranged news conference in Harrisburg.

Scott Calligan said the couple took the Pennsylvania Lottery's advice and lined up a team of lawyers and financial planners over the last two weeks before coming forward to collect their winnings.

A Missouri couple immediately claimed their half of the $261.3 million jackpot from a ticket they bought at a store in Hermann, Mo.

Calligan, who was on his way home from his job as a water treatment account executive at GE Betz, bought the $5 lottery ticket around 6 p.m. at the 7-Eleven on Glen Eden Road in Cranberry. He was in such a hurry to get home, he let the computer pick the numbers.

Marian Calligan said that the couple doesn't typically buy lottery tickets, but she thought they should take a chance on the Powerball. "I said, 'It's going to be a big pot,' so he bought it,' " she said.

Just a short time later, as they watched the numbers being drawn, Marian Calligan told her husband they had all five of the numbers drawn: 19-21-26-31-51.

He teased her, saying they all have to be in the same row. They were.

And then they had the number 40, the red Powerball number.

"We just looked at the ticket. We looked at the TV," Scott said, echoing his wife, who described the two as in "shock and denial." After realizing they'd won, the couple told their parents, put the lottery ticket under the bed until lawyers advised them to get a safety deposit box, and began making plans.

They will set up a family trust and foundation for charitable giving.

Scott will take a leave of absence from his job. Marian, a stay-at-home-mom, said she dreams of a bigger kitchen and more closet space.

"We will still shop at Wal-Mart, pump our own gas and look for sales," Marian said. "I love Wal-Mart."

The couple, who have two children -- a daughter, 8, and a son, 5 -- met on a blind date and married in 1990. Scott Calligan grew up in Natrona Heights and is a 1981 graduate of Highlands High School and a 1985 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Marian Calligan graduated from Hopewell High School in 1982 and worked as a radiologist at Sewickley Hospital for 16 years before deciding to stay at home with the children.

Jim Lash, owner of the 7-Eleven where Calligan bought the winning ticket, will receive a $400,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

Pennsylvania's only other Powerball winner was Edward Varely, of Hatfield, Montgomery County, who walked away with the $30.7 million prize from the Sept. 14, 2002, Powerball drawing.

The $130.6 million Powerball jackpot on July 9 surpasses Pennsylvania's previous jackpot record, the $115.5 million Super 7 jackpot won on April 26, 1989

 

Article: Johnna A. Pro, Post-Gazette
Photo: Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press

 

 

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