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The Newest Multimillionaires

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found yourself rich? Really rich? Randy Kerfoot of East Ridge, Tenn., did. He hit the multistate Big Game lotto for $116 million. CBS This morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen reports.

The Big Game is a multistate mega-jackpot game with seven states participating - Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Virginia.

On Wednesday, 41-year-old Randy Kerfoot and his wife, Sandy, turned in the winning lottery ticket and collected a check for about $59 million, since Kerfoot chose the cash option on his Quick Pik ticket. After taxes they should net about $38.9 million.

Randy Kerfoot bought the winning ticket at a convenience store in Rossville, Ga. When the winning lottery numbers were announced, he said he first checked the copies of the 50 tickets that he had pooled in with his co-workers at work. He is a parts and service director for an Infiniti dealership in Chattanooga.

After seeing that there were no winning tickets in that batch, he checked the 10 tickets that he bought for himself.

"I grabbed the 10 I bought off the refrigerator. Usually you look at them and throw them away. At first, I thought I hit like $100,000. Then, I realized I had all the numbers. I thought, this can't be true," he said. After that he got his wife out of bed and she checked the numbers several times.


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Randy and Sandy Kerfoot explain what it's like to win $116M.
"I said, 'You've got to have written something down wrong.' So we flipped another channel and the numbers came back up again. So we looked at those and they were the right numbers. I wrote them down and we checked them again. We still couldn't believe it," Sandy Kerfoot said.

They also called the Georgia lottery to hear the recording with the winning numbers several times to confirm that they really did have the winning ticket. "At around 3:30 in the morning, I called the lottery office and then found out there was only one winner," Randy Kerfoot said.

He pointed out that he and his wife decided to go to Atlanta to get the ticket out of their hands as soon as possible. "We stayed up all night, never went to bed and headed to the lotto and handed the ticket in. It is amazing," he said.

The couple has not actually quit their jobs yet, but Randy Kerfoot said his hours will be different. Their plans for now are to "get out of debt, take care of our families," and he said they have a few charities they are looking into.

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