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The story behind Kentucky's new millionaire

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Two, five, seven, 11 and 18 to anyone else is just a handful of numbers, but to Steve and Ann Brown they mean quite a bit!

"Her birthday and my birthday, mine is 2-7-50 and hers is 2-1-51 and the cash ball was my old softball number," said Steve Brown, and they're the same numbers he's played for four straight year.

While they've paid off before, "I've had it like for a hundred bucks, I think the most was maybe 200 or whatever," he said.

Nothing came close to the feeling he felt seeing those numbers come up in the May 22nd Kentucky Lottery Cash Ball drawing.

"I walked in with my knees knocking and holding onto the counter in the kitchen and (said) 'You're not going to believe this, I think I just won a million dollars,' recalled Steve.

"I thought I was going to pass out," added his wife Ann.

"It's a life changing experience," said Steve.

"I think we're still in such shock," scoffed his wife.

The Browns say it could not have at a better time.

"I've been battling ovarian cancer since December," stated Ann.

"In five months you're already out $14,000 or $15,000," said her husband.

Ann went on to say, "The worry of 'Are we going to be able to afford this disease?' So when this came along it was like a load was taken off!"

The good numbers keep coming for the Browns, even beyond the lottery ticket.

"Hopefully if my numbers stay where they're at, my cancer numbers, I will stay in remission. Right now they're way down!" grinned Ann.

A true win.

"We're just fortunate!"

Steve is a Vietnam war veteran and Ann is a cancer fighter, these are titles they willingly accept. However, "millionaire" is one they are still getting used to.

"We just never thought it would happen to us!" laughed Ann.

Oh and one more question: can I borrow some money?

Steve has rehearsed his answer, "Uh... with ten percent interest," he laughed.

I awkwardly laugh, too.

Even with an oversized million dollar check in his kitchen, Steve isn't done playing the lottery. Instead, he's already bought his ticket for the Tuesday night drawing. You can probably guess what numbers he's playing.

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