Pair of sheriff's deputies to take time off to ponder $75.7 million windfall

HAYWARD -- A pair of Marin County sheriff's deputies from Sonoma said Tuesday they won't be rushing back to work after winning $75.7 million in the Mega Millions multi-state lottery.

Brian Cabaud and Anneliese "Liese" Hansen said they would take vacation time to ponder their newfound riches, make a trip to Disneyland and possibly buy a new Volvo.

The beaming couple, who appeared at a lottery news conference in Hayward, also said they would share a bit of their good fortune with the families of four Oakland police officers slain in the line of duty in March.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet," said Cabaud, 31, as he held hands with Hansen, 24, before a bank of TV cameras and microphones. "It's surreal."

The couple has 60 days to decide whether to take a lump sum payment or spread the money out over 26 years. Under the annuity plan, they would get nearly $3 million a year before taxes, a lottery official said.

If they select the cash option, they each will receive about $24 million before federal taxes.

The owner of the Chevron gas station in Mill Valley where the ticket was sold will get a separate prize of $375,000.

"We very much hope to keep our lives as normal as possible," Cabaud said.

Theirs was the second-highest lottery jackpot won by Sonoma County residents. Elba Escamilla of Petaluma and her family won an $80 million prize last year.

Escamilla's family bought two big homes on Sonoma Mountain with part of their winnings.

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