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 May 14, 2005
Winning couple claims Mega Millions down payment
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LANSING, Mich. A very big pay day for a Michigan couple.

Ralph and Mary Stebbins are already on the road in their new R-V after picking up a check at the state Lottery headquarters for one (M) million dollars, less taxes, as a down payment on their record-setting Mega Millions jackpot.

The 208 (M) million-dollar jackpot was the largest in Michigan lottery history and third largest in the history of the Mega Millions game.

A lottery official says the couple will be taking their winnings in one payment, giving them 124-point-seven (M) million, less taxes. They could have chosen to spread their payments over a period of years.

The Stebbins, in their forties with three children, have both quit their jobs.

Their plans include buying a garage to house a 1963 Corvette. Mary Stebbins also says she wants to buy a show cow, but didn't specify what kind.

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