Massachusetts man buys wrong scratch card, wins $1 million

TAUNTON, MASS. – A man from Taunton, Massachusetts is thanking his lucky stars after winning a million dollar prize from a scratch card that he doesn’t normally play. Richard Brown, 60, went to his local gas station to buy a $5 Blue Ice 7s ticket as he had been doing regularly. The store clerk mistakenly sold him a Sizzling Sevens game (also worth $5) and the rest is history.

Brown almost chose to replace the Sizzling Sevens game with his usual but decided to “roll with it”, according to a spokesperson for the Massachusetts lottery. It ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made, as he soon scratched off a million dollar win for himself. The store clerk must be pretty relieved as well!

According to the spokesperson for the lottery, Brown decided to take the one-time lump sum option which means he takes home $650,000 before taxes. Mr Brown will use the money to take a trip to San Francisco and fix his roof. He’s sure to have plenty left over after that but he refused to comment on further plans for his terrific windfall.

The odds of winning the million dollar top prize were one in 4.2 million, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.

Published: August 21, 2012

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