Robert and Anna Brito wore winning smiles as they held up an oversized ceremonial check on Thursday, May 8, but they have no immediate plans for any lavish purchases or changes in their lifestyle. The couple has taken a level-headed approach to becoming millionaires and delayed claiming their prize until they had decided on a responsible way to handle their new financial situation.
"We have invested it and it will go to a trust fund for the whole family," Robert said. "We knew that it was the right thing to do for us. We just want to stay on schedule, stick with our plans and enjoy life."
Robert is a regular lottery player. This is the first time his numbers have returned a sizable win, but he said he has never had any doubts that his twice weekly lottery spend was anything but money well spent.
"It's just a chance that we may be blessed, because I know that dollar that I spend, if I don't win, will bless someone else," he said.
The Britos chose to take their winnings in annuity payments of $2,036,016.90, payable over 30 years.
"I just want to say thank you to Arizona and thank you to the lottery," Robert said.