Phoenix couple claims $3.3 million lottery jackpot

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Posted on May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Updated Monday, May 12 at 3:28 PM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix couple has claimed a $3.3 million Arizona Lottery jackpot.

Robert Brito says he and his wife Anna waited two weeks to come forward because they wanted to get their finances in order and prepare to responsibly handle their windfall.

He says the couple has invested the winnings and it will go to a trust fund for their whole family.

The couple elected not to take the lump-sum payment and instead will get about $110,000 annually for 30 years

Robert Brito also says he also intends to keep working.

The winning ticket for The Pick jackpot for the April 26 drawing was sold at the QuikTrip located at 6702 W. Glendale Ave. in Glendale

When he heard the winning numbers, Robert Brito says he asked his daughter to look over the ticket and make sure it was the winner. When they knew it was real, they called Anna Brito and told her the news.

Brito purchased a single Quick Pick for the Saturday drawing, but didn’t check his numbers until the following Wednesday morning. Brito met with a financial advisor before redeeming the ticket.

Brito and his wife haven’t decided what they are going to do with their winnings, but said he is thankful to God and plans to enjoy life one day at a time.

"Robert and Anna are a humble couple and presenting them with a check for Arizona’s own jackpot game was an honor," said Karen Bach, director of budget, products and communications for the Arizona Lottery.

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