Luckiest Man Alive Wins $1 Million After Store Clerk Hands Him Wrong Scratch Ticket
A Massachusetts man won a million dollar jackpot thanks to a distracted gas station attendant who gave him the wrong $5 scratch off ticket.
“I was a little distracted, talking on the phone, stocking the tobacco and taking customers at the same time,” said gas station attendant Brian Salinas. “I realized I gave him the wrong ticket and I said, ‘I’ll switch it, I’ll put it back.’”
Richard Brown of Taunton, MA instead opted to keep the $5 “Sizzlin’ 7s” ticket instead of his usual $5 “Blue Ice 7s.”
He made the right choice, as the ticket turned out to be worth $1 million.
“I’m kind of happy about that, to know someone actually won a million dollars,” said Salinas. “He can go out and buy himself a new vehicle take care of bills and his family.”
The Valero gas station will receive a $10,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.
According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, Brown decided to receive a lump sum payment of $650,000 instead of being paid in increments. It will be worth approximately $430,000 after taxes.