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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Lavelle's wonderful life," Dec. 25, 2004

"I wish I would have torn the ticket up."

Jewell Whittaker, wife of lottery winner Jack Whittaker (pictured), on her regrets at having won the largest undivided jackpot in U.S. history. Since winning $113 million two years ago, her husband has been arrested twice for drunk driving and once for assault, and he has been ordered into rehab.

"It's one of those things like Beanie Babies."

Doug McBride of the Texas Department of State Health Services, on dwindling demand for flu shots now that more vaccine is available. Demand was much higher during this year's highly publicized vaccine shortage. "If you can't get something, you've got more people wanting them," he said.

"Who's Your Daddy?"

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Title of a Jan. 3 special on the Fox network. In the show, a woman placed for adoption as a child will guess which of eight men is her father for $100,000. "This is really perverse," said Adam Pertman of the Evan P. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

"I'm not funny, I'm not pretty, but I can sure throw a ball."

Former NFL quarterback John Elway on entertaining U.S. troops in Baghdad for the USO, along with comedian Robin Williams and sportscaster/model Leeann Tweeden. Mr. Elway threw several footballs into a crowd of clambering soldiers.


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