U.S. man gets 'wrong' lottery ticket, wins million-dollar prize
The cash drawer at a Utah pharmacy is seen in this March 30, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/The Spectrum, Jud Burkett)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:07AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:37AM EDT
BRAINTREE, Mass. -- When a store clerk gave a Massachusetts man a different kind of scratch-off lottery ticket than he asked for, he didn't make a big deal about the mistake; he said he just "rolled with it."
It was a good decision: He won $1 million.
Richard Brown of Taunton said he went into Gulf Taunton recently and asked for a $5 "Blue Ice 7s" ticket, but the clerk was distracted and instead gave him a "Sizzlin 7s" ticket.
Brown selected the cash option on the prize and received a one-time lump sum payment of about $430,000 after taxes. He plans to use the money for a new roof on his home and to take a trip to San Francisco.
The store gets a $10,000 commission.