80-year-old retired principal wins $326 million Mega Millions


Carol and Horald Diamond celebrate their $130M, after taxes

CIRCLEVILLE – An 80-year-old retired elementary school principal was the sole winner of a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing of November 4, 2014.
Harold Diamond of Wurtsboro won when his wife, Carol, and he stopped off at the Valero gas station on Route 302 in Circleville after voting and spent $10 for 10 sets of Quick Pick numbers for that evening’s drawing.
When the 39-year veteran of the Monticello School District who served
as principal at George L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello before
retiring in 1995, he realized that he had drawn the winning numbers, he
was stunned.
Diamond said his wife and he went over the numbers backwards and forwards when they realized he had won.
“I was in a dither; a real daze,” he said Monday.
Diamond said he owes his fortune to his wife, a 36-year-veteran Goshen
High School math teacher before she retired in 1994.
Diamond is taking a lump sum payment, which will give him just under $130.7 million after taxes.
“I simply can’t envision that kind of money,” he said. “It’s very hard to fathom.”

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