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Lottery Millionaire Janitor Buys Track for School

Apr 20, 2011 – 1:28 PM
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Susanna Baird Contributor

Tyrone Curry recently gave his boss $40,000.

The janitor and track coach, who became a millionaire five years ago thanks to a $3.4 million lottery ticket, sweeps the floors at Evergreen High School, just outside Seattle. He recently donated the large sum toward a new track for the school district.

"Ten years ago, I said if I win some money, I'm going to put a track here," he told KING-5.

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A youth sports grant will provide $75,000 to match Curry's gift. Curry is retiring at the end of the year but plans to run for school board and cheer on the track team as it circles its new track.

In other lottery news, a Capitol Heights, Md., woman purchased two $50,000 scratch-off tickets in three months, and at the same store.

The 42-year-old nonprofit worker and mother of two moved to Maryland from New York last summer. She regularly visits the Triangle Market, and in February purchased a $20 Big Money Mega Play ticket and won $50,000. Two months later, she bought a $20 Players Club ticket at the same store, and again won $50,000.

"I cried the first time I won," she told Maryland lottery officials. "The second time ... I just laughed. I couldn't believe it."

The winner, who plans to shop and buy a car with her winnings, told lottery officials she hoped she'd be seeing them again soon.

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