A grandson who was called in to help his grandpa cash a USD 50,000 scratchcard has told how he first turned him down because he thought it was a prank.
Lucky Robert Fisher – from Campbellsville, in the US state of Kentucky – had scooped the huge prize with a single USD 5 (GBP 4) Cash Plus ticket.
And when he asked his family for help cashing it in he turned to his daughter who called her tech-savvy son.
But he explained: “My mother is known for pulling pranks, so when they called, I thought it was just another prank.
“They were like, ‘No, for real, this really happened.’”
Robert told how he was amazed by the win.
He said: “I looked three or four times and I’m saying, that can’t be right. My heart skipped about two beats… I read the front and the back to make sure.”
Newsflash obtained a statement from the Kentucky Lottery on 13th June, saying: “Robert Fisher stopped at Prayosha Food Mart on Old Lebanon Road in Campbellsville Friday morning when he purchased the USD 5 Cash Plus ticket.
“While in the store, Fisher scratched the ticket off, discovering his ticket matched the number 19 to win the game’s USD 50,000 top prize.”
After taxes, Robert took home USD 35,750 (GBP 28,223).
Chuckling, the lucky winner said: “My birthday is a month away, so I’m going to call this an early birthday present.”