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Mom-To-Be, 26, Ready To Spend $87.5 Million Guard Mechanic To Leave Active Duty

A 26-year-old college student and member of the Idaho National Guard began collecting today on the fifth-highest Powerball jackpot in the history of the multistate lottery.

Pam Hiatt of Boise was clear on what she intends to do with the $87.5 million she will receive over the next 20 years.

“Spend it,” she told reporters during a news conference at the Idaho Lottery headquarters.

“Today we’re all getting new cars for the whole family,” said Hiatt, who accepted the ceremonial check as her mother, sister and three brothers watched.

“I’ll invest part of it, most of it, new cars, new house, I guess whatever I want,” she said. “If I want it, I’ll buy it.”

Hiatt, who is expecting a baby in mid-July, said she was flabbergasted Sunday morning when she stopped for breakfast at a local convenience store on her way to duty as a National Guard Apache helicopter mechanic.

“I was pretty shocked,” she recalled after the store clerk told her she had all six numbers. “I was standing there. I said, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh.”’

And Hiatt made no pretext of suggesting the jackpot would not change her life. Having already put in her required active duty time in the National Guard, she said she would quit that and drop out of Boise State University, where she is a junior majoring in political science, for at least a while.

“I just want to take a year and just really enjoy what I have, celebrate,” she said. “Maybe two years.”

Hiatt had been playing the same six numbers for some time - her age and the ages of her mother, sister and brothers. She always changed the numbers as birthdays came and went.

But last Friday when her youngest brother Andy had his eighth birthday, she just forgot, and the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 7-20-21-26-27 and the Powerball was 45.

“I don’t think I can really prepare for it,” Hiatt said. “I think I’ll just spend it. Three million dollars is a lot to get after taxes, but I have a big family.”

The largest Powerball jackpot was $111 million claimed by a Wisconsin teacher in July 1993.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were 19 of those on Saturday. Five were sold in Indiana, three each in Arizona, Kentucky and Wisconsin, two each in West Virginia and Missouri and one in Rhode Island.

The jackpot returns to an estimated $3 million for the midweek drawing.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: HITTING IT BIG Pam Hiatt won a Powerball jackpot of $87,585,066 to be paid out over 20 years. Rounded up to the nearest dollar, the payout breaks down as follows:

Per year….$4,379,000 Per month…$364,917 Per week….$84,212 Per day…..$11,998 Per hour….$500 Per minute..$9

This sidebar appeared with the story: HITTING IT BIG Pam Hiatt won a Powerball jackpot of $87,585,066 to be paid out over 20 years. Rounded up to the nearest dollar, the payout breaks down as follows:

Per year….$4,379,000 Per month…$364,917 Per week….$84,212 Per day…..$11,998 Per hour….$500 Per minute..$9



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