Paso Robles man wins $78 million lottery
November 19, 2011
An 82-year-old Paso Robles man claimed the $78 million jackpot won with a ticket he purchased at the 1 Stop at 703 Spring Street in Paso Robles, lottery officials said in a statement.
“Charles Hairston is a laid back kinda man. He’s so laid back, in fact, that even after winning a $78 million MEGA Millions jackpot, he said while he thought winning was ‘pretty nice,’ he just, ‘stayed home and took it easy that night,’ ”the statement said.
Hairston is a retired welder who served several years in the United States Army during the Korean War. Lottery officials said Hairston has played the Lottery since it began in 1985, and while he enjoys playing different games, including Scratchers and Fantasy 5, MEGA Millions has to be his favorite game at this point.
So, what does Hairston plan to do with his new-found wealth? Hairston told lottery officials, “Stick to my own business and try to be smart with it. Other than that, I don’t know what I’ll do with it.”