No, Carolyn, it's not a heart attack. It's a fortune.
The man who bought one of two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery frightened his wife when he woke her Tuesday night to share the life-changing news.
"I was pale, shaking. She thought I was having a heart attack," retiree Jim McCullar recalled at a news conference Thursday.
When his wife, Carolyn, asked if he was OK, he replied: "I'm perfect."
The couple and their adult children stepped forward to publicly claim one half of the second-largest lottery jackpot in history. Whoever is holding the other winning ticket, purchased in neighboring Idaho, remained a mystery.
At the news conference in Washington's capital city, the McCullars took hold of the oversized check, marveling at all the zeros in $190 million. Jim McCullar, 68, then promptly handed it over to his wife, 63.
"We've been married 41 years," he said. "I know what to do with this check."
In Washington, no state taxes would apply. The lump sum payment would be $90 million after the 25 percent federal tax. The McCullars said they hadn't decided how to take the payment.
In Idaho, the lucky winner has the option of taking a nearly $81 million lump sum payment after state and federal taxes are withheld, state lottery officials said.
Jim McCullar, a retired Boeing Co. worker, bought his ticket at a supermarket in Ephrata in eastern Washington, about 125 miles from Post Falls, Idaho, a suburb of Spokane, Wash., where the other ticket was sold.
Jim McCullar said he had rough plans to make some donations to charities, though he declined to name them. He has already given his notice at the real estate company where he was working.
He said he and his wife have been house hunting and know they can afford a larger place -- but not too big. He added that an RV might be in their future to visit friends and family around the country, and to "hide out" for a while.
He said the money will help his large extended family: six children, including two from an earlier marriage, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
"The legacy is going to go generation after generation after generation," he said. "We're not going to blow this."