Keeping his secret under wraps

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - August 18, 2009

He's a millionaire.

The now-retired Washington state restaurant cook kept his $3.4 million Lotto jackpot under his hat.

And the winning ticket was under a floor mat in a backyard shed.

The only person Eldred told was his mother and Eldred kept his secret for three months.

Yesterday, he showed up at state lottery headquarters to claim his prize.

He opted for the one-time cash payout of nearly one and a-quarter million bucks.

Now that he no longer has to cook, Eldred says he'll focus on his artwork.

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