"Down-To-Earth" Couple Wins $270M Jackpot

Tonya Harris describes herself and her husband, Bobby Harris, as "down-to-earth" people.

Now, add "very rich" to that!

The couple bought the sole winning ticket for the top prize in Friday night's $270 million Mega Millions drawing.

He told Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez Monday it hasn't sunk in yet. She says it's starting to.

They'd been living in a trailer in the tiny town of Portal, Ga., and records show the ironworker and his wife had declared bankruptcy twice.

Bobby picked the numbers and Tonya bought the two $1 tickets just hours before the drawing.

Bobby used the birth dates of five of their six grandchildren to pick the winning numbers: 7, 12, 13, 19, 22. Tonya says she's still not sure what prompted Bobby to pick the all-important Mega Ball number of 10, which made the difference between winning the $270 million or $250,000.

The Harrises have two daughters who also live in Portal, and plan to take the winnings as a lump sum, which would leave them with $164 million before taxes.

Bobby wasted no time checking into Atlanta's Ritz Hotel, from which he and Tonya spoke to Rodriguez.

"It was something different," he admitted. "Not a suburban lodge, anyhow!"

Tonya says, "My husband called my daughter to get the birthdays right of the grandchildren. We know -- he knows them, but he wanted to make sure. Five out of six of the grandchildren, he picked their numbers. We have one, Cody, that's Dec. 30 -- Bobby decided to play 10 for the Power (Mega) Ball instead of 30. Why, is beyond me. I mean, I never have even asked him that. But it was just unreal."

Bobby says his boss found it hard to believe he'd won, and was quitting: "When I told him that I did hit and I wasn't coming back, he realized that it's true. He asked me to give it back for a few weeks and finish what I was doing, but I told him, 'No, thank you.' "

Tonya says she didn't believe Bobby at first, either.

"When he come home with the ticket," she told Rodriguez, "I asked him, you know, 'Can I look at it?' I checked it off with the printout, it really didn't sink in. I mean, I said, 'Well, someone's made a mistake.' Oh, you know, you never think you're gonna win. So, when we went to claim the ticket and they told us we won, it got a little exciting. Got a little screaming and crying there, but yeah. It's real."

Winning, Bobby says, is "just great. To know I won't have to go ask for a job or work for somebody else, that I can finally stay home and enjoy my grandkids."

Tonya added, "I hope everything will just stay normal. I really want the normal life. We'd just like to have a home and some land and things for the grandkids and to help our kids out and our family. But that's as far as we want to go.

"We don't want to live -- I mean, I know we could probably go anywhere we want to go, but that's not us. We're just down-to-earth people, and we want to stay close to home."
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