Woman, 90, wins lotto, but doesn't want the cash

Posted at 6:23 PM, Feb 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-26 18:23:43-05

A Florida lottery jackpot would change anyone's life.

But one 90-year-old winner from Largo doesn't want the money to change her and her husband's lifestyle.

"My wife and I like to play the game of, well, you just won the lotto, what's the first thing you do?" said Largo neighbor Steve Martin.  "Usually we start with paying bills and stuff and setting up all the necessary fiduciary and legal requirements and then we get into the dream stuff and the older we get, the fewer the dream stuff is, you know," said Martin.

"We work for ourselves. We work for our families.

We provide for the future of those who are going to be left behind us," said Martin.

Which is why this neighbor who paints his own house gets it.

He understands why a 90 year old lotto winner who cuts his own grass would want to give away the jackpot to his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

"He mows it, yes. Himself, yes," explained a next door neighbor.

"She's happy so she's going to make other people happy that's what's the good thing about it," said Mary Cacace.

Joe and Ruby Sorah live in Largo.

Ruby bought the winning ticket at a Seminole Winn Dixie and chose the $31 million dollar sum.

She told ABC Action News Reporter Carson Chambers off camera they won't pose for pictures in Tallahassee with lottery officials. She also says they don't have any fancy purchases planned.

"That's what it's all about-- your family. You gotta take care of them first," said Bill Hutchison.

When you're 90 years old, perhaps unexpected millions are more wisely invested in future generations.

Which is exactly how Ruby says she and her husband will spend it.

"She deserves it. She probably lived and now maybe she can do good
for her family," said Helen Jahnke.