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The Kentucky media were marvelling this week at the tale, and extraordinary good fortune, of Rob Anderson, a 39-year-old father of two who scooped the Kentucky lottery jackpot of $128 million, thanks to a botched ticket.
The car worker stopped by a gas station to buy three $1 lottery tickets that he wanted to give to friends as Christmas stocking fillers, but the clerk mistakenly ran a ticket with the three randomly selected numbers on one ticket.
He offered to void the numbers and re-issue the ticket, but Anderson shrugged off the mistake and told the clerk to simply run three more $1 tickets, whilst he retained the 'mistaken' ticket for himself.
"The clerk ran the $3 Quick Pick but he put it all on one ticket, and I was like, doggone it, I needed three separate tickets,'' Anderson recalled this week, recounting that when the clerk asked him if he should void the ticket he decided to keep it, ordering others for his Christmas gifts.
Anderson threw the botched ticket on a dresser in his bedroom and didn't check the numbers until after the draw, when he discovered that the clerk's error had made him an extremely wealthy man.
The doubly lucky winner and his wife both work at the Toyota plant in Louisville, Kentucky and plan to buy a new car and visit Hawaii. They have yet to decide whether to take a one-off, after tax cash payment of around $66 million, or 30 annual payments.
Source: InfoPowa News