News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, March 9, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- An Evans couple has $4 million in their pockets Friday night after winning the lottery on Tuesday.
The couple bought a few lottery tickets at the Circle K on Washington Road.
'I couldn't believe it. I actually called the number three times to make sure it was right," said Bill Perkins, standing in front of the counter where he bought the winning lottery ticket.
"You dream about things like that but you never really expect it to happen," he said.
And he didn't just share the wealth, he gave it away.
"He actually bought it and then he gave it to me, which was very generous don't you think?" said his wife, Dianne Reid.
She was technically the lottery winner.
On Friday, the Georgia Lottery presented them with their check. They could choose between $250,000 a year for 30 years or a lump sum of $4 million. They chose the lump sum.
"You always think one day they're gonna pick my numbers, but that's just a thought," Dianne said. A thought they're still having trouble believing is real.
Bill says it hasn't really sunk in yet.
"It's still a shock because you know -- like I said -- we've been walking around in a daze all week."
They still don't know what they will do with the money.
"We really haven't had time to sit down and talk about, very much about what we would do, but we've been car shopping. I will tell you that," Dianne said.
But not even for themselves. That car is a present for a family member. Besides that they plan to pay off some bills and invest.
She's retired from Fort Gordon, but he said winning the lottery isn't going to change things at work.
"I haven't really had any plans to retire any time soon," Bill said. "Matter of fact, if my health's good, I'd like to work until I'm probably 70."
This isn't the first time they've had those lucky numbers. In May Bill won the second prize on the same game and brought home $10,000.
"After I won the money in May I said well I like the chances of maybe winning again," Bill said.
They were the first people to win the Decades of Dollars top prize, even though the game's been around for years.
"I'm still shaking a little bit," Dianne said. "I've been shaking since Tuesday."
Shaking, but with a firm and steady grip on a check that's about to change their lives again.
They said they aren't done buying tickets. After they won last time, they kept buying them and look where they are now.