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    Luck, jackpot grows in second lotto win


    © St. Petersburg Times, published May 24, 2001

    TALLAHASSEE -- Eddie Lee Mungin won $67 two weeks ago playing the Florida Lottery.

    On Saturday, the Tampa resident multiplied those winnings by more than 100,000.

    Mungin's Lotto ticket matched all winning numbers drawn Saturday, netting him $7-million. He went to Tallahassee on Wednesday to claim his prize, which he plans to take in the lump-sum form of just over $3.5-million.

    "I still can't really believe it," Mungin, 33, said Wednesday. He hasn't decided whether to quit his job at Robbins Manufacturing Co. in Tampa, but he said he'll take off a couple of weeks at least.

    But first on his list: Mungin is going to move out of the one-bedroom apartment he shares with a brother and buy a house. His girlfriend gets a present.

    "And I'm going to take care of my family," Mungin said.

    Mungin, who graduated from Chamberlain High in Tampa in 1986, said he and his brother each bought several tickets last week. Mungin later returned to the store to see if he had won. When he found out the jackpot was his, Mungin called his mother from the store.

    "I said, 'Momma, come get me. I don't want to drive. I'm afraid something might happen to me.' " Mungin's mother, Hazel Flerijean, said she didn't pick him up, "But I told him to be careful," Flerijean said as she stood with her son against a backdrop of the Florida Lotto flamingo logo.

    Mungin's girlfriend was with him in the car when he decided to check on his ticket. She disapproved, he said.

    "She said. 'It's against God's will to gamble,' " Mungin recalled. Other friends told him he couldn't win again because of his win two weeks ago.

    But there are no limits to lottery winnings, said lottery spokesman Roger Sockman.

    "You can win every week if you are lucky," Sockman said.

    Or, in Mungin's case, every other week.

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