The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on December 5, 1992 · Page 8
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 8

Galveston, Texas
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Saturday, December 5, 1992
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8-A THE GALVESTON DAILY NEWS SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 5,1992 $19 million winner finds her life has become a nightmare Associated Press SCHULENBURG — Janie Kallus thought it was a dream come true when she won $21.7 million in the state's first lotto jackpot, but the Schulenburg woman is finding her first week as a millionaire has been a nightmare. The retired nurse was awarded the first of her 20 $800,000 checks in Austin Monday, two days after picking the six numbers drawn by the lottery bureau. But since then, the 65-year-old wom- an has been besieged by reporters, beggars and wheeler-dealers. So many have tried to reach her — or even someone close to her — that the city's telephone company blew a fuse, temporarily leaving the whole town without service. One neighbor says Ms. Kallus finely had her service cut off. "She just got fed up with all the calls," the neighbor said. One man showed up at her house and tried to get her to buy a tombstone for his mother's grave. A friend says Ms. Kallus was terrified. She no longer stays at her own home because of all the unwanted attention. And she hired a bodyguard. "I don't know where she's staying. I've tried to talk to her myself, and I haven't been able to," a neighbor told the Victoria Advocate. "I guess 111 just have to wait until it blows over." People who know her are making it as difficult as possible for anyone to bother the woman they say already has been through enough. "We're not giving out her address," two people at the Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce said. "She didn't ask us to do it. We just know what she's going through, and we're trying to help." - ^~*"' Clerks at City Hall are mum, too. "No one will tell you where she's staying," they tell outsiders. "She's our friend." Even postal clerks, when asked for her address, say that information is off limits. "People have called and said they were old friends of hers, and that they wanted her address so that they could send her flowers. We're not allowed to do that." Meanwhile,-at Leo's Stop-N-Shop, where Ms."Kallus purchased her winning ticket last Saturday, lotto players are flocking to the store to see if they can share in her luck. "We've had people coming from all over the state to buy tickets," owner Leo Kopecky said Thursday. $3.4 million lotto winner stuck with 6 random picks Associated Press AUSTIN — Linda York shut her eyes and picked six numbers. She stuck with those numbers through five Lotto drawings, and on the sixth drawing she won nearly $3.4 million. "I put my game card on the table. I closed my eyes and wherever the pencil landed, that was colored in," the 49-year-old homemaker from Fort Worth said Friday. Mrs. York and her husband Jim received the first of 20 annual installments — $170,501.13 — in the $3,381,501 jackpot. The remaining installments will be $169,000 each. Her husband, Jim, 50, who is a general contractor, bought the winning ticket at Bob & Fred's No. 2 convenience store in Fort Worth, but almost forgot to. "I was going by the store. The man that's working with me said, 'Jim I think that you're wife told you to get a ticket.' I had to turn around and go back. Naturally when Momma tells me to do something I got to do it. I don't want to get in trouble," he said. ^Robert Celli, owner of Bob & Fred's, was glad Jim York returned. For selling the winning ticket, Celli will receive a payment equal to one percent of the jackpot, or $33,815. The Yorks are the second Lotto Texas jackpot winners since the drawings started Nov. 14. On Monday, Janie Kallus, a 65-year-old retired nurse from Schulenburg won the state's first lotto jackpot, which was worth $21.7 million. Mrs. York said the first thing she wants to do is visit a daughter who lives in Germany. The Yorks have eight children — five sons and three daughters — ages 24 through 31. After that, the Yorks said they have no specific plans for the money except to help their children and grandchildren, and possibly buy some land. "We want to help our kids. We don't want to spoil them, just help them," Mrs. York said. She said she is concerned about changes that the newfound riches might bring. Mrs. York said that when she found out she had the winning numbers — 5, 17, 19, 25, 26, 38 — "I don't really remember anything except jumping up and down and screaming." And the Yorks say they plan to keep playing the lottery. "On the way back to Fort Worth we're going to stop and get our tickets," Jim York said. But Linda won't pick the numbers blindly anymore. She said this time she'll let Jim select them. RENT IT IN NEWS CLASSIFIED I 3tye (BahKBtmi Cailff Sfaus Subscribe Today 744-3611 WE WILL PAY 1% OF YOUR CASH REGISTER RECEIPTS TO THE CHURCH OR CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE SATURDAY & SUNDAY ONLY DECEMBER 5th & 6th FRYER LEG QUARTERS 10-LB. BAG LB. 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