and Carolyn McCullar, of Ephrata, Wash., are presented with a giant check by Bill Hanson, left, director of the Washington State Lottery, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
arrived at Washington state's lottery headquarters...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Jim McCullar
arrived at Washington state's lottery headquarters with $8 in his
pocket - all singles.
left a multimillionaire, with the oversized check to prove it and a promise to manage the money for his
"The legacy is going to go generation, after generation, after generation," said McCullar
, flanked by his wife Carolyn and two of the couple's adult children.
, 68, then promptly handed it over to Carolyn, 63.
Jim McCullar, a retired Boeing Co. worker, bought his ticket at a supermarket in Ephrata in eastern Washington.
The other ticket was sold about 125 miles away in Post Falls, Idaho, a suburb of Spokane, Wash.
The winners had to match five numbers plus the "Mega
The numbers were 4, 8, 15, 25 and 47, and 42 as the Mega
The McCullars have played some combination of those numbers for years because they're based on the couple's birthdays.
It's worked before: Jim McCullar
won about $18,000 several years ago playing similar numbers on a keno game in Oregon.
- a Mississippi native and Vietnam-era Navy veteran - gave his
wife a fright when he
Tuesday night with the life-changing news that they'd hit the jackpot.
survived "a few" heart attacks, bypass surgery and 12 stents.
So the urgent cry for his
wife's attention had her
suspecting the worst.
"I hollered 'Carolyn!'" Jim McCullar
recalled at Thursday's
had rough plans to give some donations to charities, though he
declined to name which ones.
has already given his
notice at the real estate company where he
The couple has been house hunting, and knows they can afford a larger place - but not too big, he
An RV might be in their future to visit friends and family around the country, and to "hide out" for a while as they ponder their new life.
"When we were first married, we had to peel cascara bark off of trees and sell it for cow laxative just to buy food for the kids," Jim McCullar