SPRING HILL — John Gilmor admitted: "I have a big smile on my face."
Wouldn't any two-time winner of the Florida Lottery?
Gilmor reaped $268,249.82 as the sole winner in Saturday's Fantasy 5 drawing, with numbers of 13, 15, 26, 29 and 36.
The 60-year-old retiree on disability said he "just picked the numbers out of the air." No birthday or anniversary dates or numbers of other significance.
It was a repeat of his strategy in 1991, when he won $169,000 plus change after sharing the prize with four others.
Gilmor doesn't use quick pick, which allows a machine to choose numbers. "The odds on that are higher," Gilmor said. "That's a helpful hint for you."
The former electrician, who hurt his back on the job, rendering him disabled in 1992, said he's "been buying (lottery tickets) since they came out." He hasn't kept track of his spending over the years.
Gilmor said he will invest his latest windfall — "certificates or something very smart. I'll talk with my bank." He also might buy a car to replace his 2001 Pontiac Grand Am with 43,000 miles on the odometer.
He learned of his winning ticket, purchased at the Sweetbay store at 4221 Mariner Blvd., via computer at 1 a.m. Sunday.
"I couldn't believe it, especially winning the second time. I woke up my mom; she couldn't believe it either," Gilmor said.
His son, Jim Gilmor, 38, of Tampa, accompanied his father to the check presentation in Tallahassee on Monday. Neither mother nor son asked for any of the prize money, the winner noted. "I have a very good family," he said.
From Gilmor's first winnings, he and his former wife vacationed in Hawaii and Jamaica. He also paid off the mortgage of his mother's house, a nice, though not lavish, white brick, stucco and siding abode on a quiet back street in Spring Hill. He has lived with his mother, Marie Gilmor, 83, since 1990, after he was divorced. The first winning ticket had nothing to do with the marriage breakup, he said.
The Long Island native, who has lived in Florida since 1974, said that after he discovered his latest win early Sunday, he only had one problem:
"I could hardly sleep."
Beth Gray can be reached at [email protected]