They called from as far away as Australia, begging for handouts, offering congratulatory gifts and volunteering to marry the 63-year-old winner of North American's record $55 million lottery.

Before the number was changed Friday, the telephone was seldom silent in the mobile home of Sheelah Ryan almost from the moment the part-time real estate agent was identified as holding the lucky Florida Lotto ticket.Ryan will receive 20 annual payments of more than $2.76 million before taxes, starting next Wednesday.