Somerset man uses lottery winnings to purchase scratch-off ticket worth $500K
An anonymous Somerset man was able to surprise his wife after winning $500,000 in January on a scratch-off ticket.
According to a Tuesday release from Kentucky Lottery, the man stopped at a Bronston store on his way back to his shop earlier in the month and purchased unspecified lottery tickets.
He used the winnings to purchase a $20 Casino Millions Limited Edition scratch-off ticket, the release said, which turned out to be a big winner.
“I scratched it off and went back in to check it on the machine. I just couldn’t believe it, I still don’t,” he reportedly told lottery officials. “I let the clerk check it too, but I made sure I signed the back of it first!”
The ticket matched the number 11 for the game’s top prize.
The casino scratch-off game has prizes ranging from $20 to $500,000, and the overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 3.67, according to Kentucky Lottery.
The man said he called his wife and let her know he’d be picking her up at work.
“I didn’t know what was going on, he didn’t give me any information. I just figured he needed me to help him with some of his work projects,” she told lottery officials.
Kentucky Lottery cut a check to the couple for $357,500 after taxes when they visited headquarters in Louisville.
The couple told officials they will pay off their home with the winnings.
“Nothing too extravagant,” the couple said.
The Jay Gayatri retailer on Highway 790 will receive $5,000 for selling the ticket.
If you or someone you know has a problem with gambling, help is available at 1-800-522-4700.
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