Last January, Nancy Viola asked her husband, Vito Viola, to buy Powerball tickets. She had the Powerball fever that was sweeping the nation. But her husband didn't listen. Instead, he used a leftover dollar to buy a Quick Pick for the Mega Millions. The next day, Nancy heard the winning ticket had been purchased from a nearby location, so she checked her ticket. "I thought I was having a heart attack," she said. "There was a little screaming."
The couple kept their winning a secret for months. They assembled a financial team, and set up a foundation to cash the check before claiming the ticket on March 10. The couple has not made any major purchases yet, but Vito has put in for retirement, since they chose to receive the prize as a one-time lump-sum payment of $64,796,160.00. And Nancy isn't angry that Vito didn't listen to her.