Doris Lessing was announced as the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature today (which also carries a $1.5 million pot - time to get out my quill!) She was out shopping when she found out as her publisher couldn't get hold of her so she was told by a reporter. I just love her response (from Reuters)
"I've won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one. I'm delighted to win them all, the whole lot," she told reporters outside her London home. "It's a royal flush."
EDIT: Doris is growing on me! From the BBC this time:
"I've won it. I'm very pleased and now we're going to have a lot of speeches and flowers and it will be very nice."