John Liappas has a whole Lotto love for the Florida lottery after winning $28 million in a July 22 drawing – but the 63-year-old says he’s going to keep working for a while yet.
Liappas has just come forward to claim his winnings. “I don’t plan to retire right away out of courtesy and gratitude to my employer who has been great to me all these years,” Liappas, 63, told the Miami Herald Aug. 4. “My only regret is that my parents aren’t here to enjoy this with me.”
His winning numbers were: 10-26-29-38-42-46.
Liappas told lottery officials that he has played the same numbers for 15 years, the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $19,151,244.65 instead of spread out in an annuity.
He said his first splurge will be taking his wife to Europe for a vacation and that he’ll keep buying lottery tickets hoping to get lucky again.
Publix Super Market at 1401 Monza Ave. in Coral Gables will receive a commission of $135,000 for selling Liappas the winning ticket.