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Cancer survivors married 60 years win Super Lotto jackpot

November 16, 2011 |  2:12 pm

A Rancho Mirage couple, both who survived cancer, got lucky again this week when they won the Super Lotto jackpot, valued at $20 million.

John and Norma Jean Crippen, 81 and 78, respectively, have been married 60 years and played the winning numbers  -- 21, 22, 25, 28, 43, and Mega 12 -– regularly at a local gas station for the last six years, reported the Desert Sun newspaper.

Norma, a housewife, survived breast cancer in the 1990s; John had treatment for cancer at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage this year, the Sun reported. The Crippens told the newspaper they plan to donate part of their winnings to the hospital.

The couple, who took a lump-sum payment of $14.2 million, faced odds of winning at about 1 in 41 million, lottery officials said.

“That's not bad odds,” John said.

John told the newspaper that he has no plans to quit his job at a down and feather company in Irwindale.

In past attempts at retirement, he told the paper, “it took a week for me to go back to work.”


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Photo: Super Lotto. Credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles  Times