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.
Cabaud and Hansen grew up in unincorporated Marin County. Cabaud said he has been a deputy in the department about four years. Hansen has been on the job more than two years.
Cabaud said he graduated from Novato High School in 1995 and was a mechanic and ambulance company employee before going to the police academy in Sonoma County. Hansen said she went to the same police academy but would not say where she went to high school. Both said they attended college.
They met on the job shortly after Hansen was hired. He walks a beat in the Marin City public housing projects and she is a relief deputy, said Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle.
She jokingly referred to Cabaud as her mechanic and roommate.
"We live very normal, blue-collar lives," Hansen said.
Hansen said she might splurge on a car to replace her 1996 Toyota Camry but had made no firm decisions.
"I'm getting a Volvo," she said.
"I'm a Ford guy," Cabaud said.
Cabaud and Hansen said they played the lottery occasionally when jackpots exceeded $100 million. Friday's Mega Millions draw, which also had a winning ticket each in Ohio and Virginia, was about $227 million, with the winnings split three ways.
Cabaud was on duty Friday when he walked into the Mill Valley gas station and bought $30 in Quick Pick tickets. The next day, as he was returning to work, a deputy reminded him to check his tickets. That's when he realized he had the winning numbers: 9, 16, 24, 40, 43 with a mega number of 35.
Hansen was at work, and Cabaud called her with the news. She thought he was joking and agreed to meet him at the Chevron to confirm it.