House on the shopping list for Super Lotto winner |

House on the shopping list for Super Lotto winner

Debbie Marshall woke her husband, Richard, up at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday screaming and hyperventilating ” something about winning the lottery, Richard remembered, “I said, ‘You’ve bumped your head.'”

But it was true.

The Grass Valley family had just won $11.5 million in the Super Lotto, splitting $23 million in winnings with a Southern California resident.

Debbie, 48, said she was in the bedroom, heard the numbers from the TV and wrote them down in the dark. After jotting down the digits, she then realized exactly what she had.

Suddenly wide awake, Richard immediately called the number on the back of the ticket and walked down to the Circle K convenience store and Union 76 gas station at the corner of Bank and South Auburn streets to verify their good luck.

On Thursday morning, the couple, married for 6 1/2 years, sat in the living room of their modest white house near downtown Grass Valley, in a state of shock answering myriad phone calls and talking with their two grown children about what to do with all that money.

Debbie’s 30-year-old son, Derek Fox and his fiancee, 23-year-old April Comendant, were already planning to wed Sept. 9, probably expecting modest wedding gifts. Now their thoughts turn to a nice home that the folks will buy them.

“I will help my family,” Debbie says. Counting up all the Grass Valley family members, they come up with six, including grandchildren.

Debbie said she expects to donate to charitiable organizations which “have been there for us,” she says.

But first, she says “I want to pay our bills, then buy a home, help my family, and run away for a while and enjoy life.”

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