Pamela Baker of Bonita Springs won $126 Million Dollars On Mega Millions
Holy smokes that’s a lot of money. The Florida Lottery announced that the managing member of Pineapple Trust, Pamela Baker, 44, of Bonita Springs, claimed their share of the $494 million MEGA MILLIONS® jackpot from the drawing held Friday, October 14, 2022. If you remember, she bought the ticket at 7-Eleven, located at 2980 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers just 2 weeks after Hurricane Ian wrecked the whole area.
She took the money as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $126,004,016.00.Now, let me answer the question that everyone always has “why do they wait so long to claim?” In short, they don’t. Let’s break this down.
Pamela won on October 14th. Let’s she she spent a few days wondering just what she was going to do. After spending a bunch of time looking up things on the internet, it was decided a trust was the best way to do this. I agree completely. Tax wise, that’s probably the best move. Ok, so she spends roughly 2-3 weeks setting up the trust. All the while, keeping the secret. Then they go to the lottery commission and make the claim.
They cut her a check (hopefully she got one of those big ones like the pro golfers get), and it’s go time.
The rules state that she has 90 days to get things in order before the Florida Lottery issues the press release.
Again, how she could keep the secret this long is beyond me. I’d be down at Naples Luxury Imports checking out the cars on the second floor. IYKYK, the keep the really nice cars upstairs. Pamela – go there and ask for Jacob and tell him you know me. Trust. Tell him you want a car with an umbrella in the door.
So there’s the timeline. The check probably hit her account sometime just before Thanksgiving. I imagine her family had turkey and ham that year. When you’re rich, you have both. Congratulations Pamela Baker of Bonita Springs!
“The Florida Lottery is thrilled to congratulate our third MEGA MILLIONS jackpot winner,” said Secretary John Davis. “This series of jackpot rollovers was not only life-changing for this player, it also allowed us to contribute more than $25 million to education that will greatly benefit our state’s students and schools.”
If she played in the NFL, Pamela would come in at number 14:
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