A lucky man in the USA has filled his grandmother’s shoes after he doubled an earlier lottery win of hers’ with a last-minute change of heart.
Alonzo Butler from the city of Cumberland, in the US state of Maryland, revealed the USD 100,000 (GBP 78,710) win after he made a last-minute decision to go for the Money Bag Multiplier ticket at a local Sheetz store.
Having recalled that his grandmother had once won USD 50,000 (GBP 39,353), the 30-year-old man said in a statement obtained by Newsflash from the Maryland Lottery: “My family has some players – me, my mom and my grandma.
“It’s just something I enjoy. I get home from work and scratch off a few. I picked it up from my grandma.”
The lucky dad of two revealed that the prize was his biggest win to date after he previously picked up two USD 10,000 (GBP 7,871) prizes in recent months.
He said he was over the moon when he matched number 41 on the USD 10 (GBP 7.9) ticket for USD 50,000 (GBP 39,353), in addition to number eight for another USD 5,000 (GBP 3,935).
But when he next matched numbers 19 for USD 20,000 (GBP 15,742), and 58 for a USD 25,000 (GBP 19,678) win, he was reportedly so excited he had to put a cold pack on his back to calm down and stop his leg from moving.
Butler collected his prize at lottery headquarters on Wednesday, 2nd August.
He revealed he will spend the money on his children, aged 3 and 6, and added: “I’m just going to invest it for my kids.”
Maryland Lottery officials said: “Sharing in Alonzo’s good luck is the store where he bought the winning instant ticket.
“Sheetz #051 at 210 Greene Street in Cumberland store receives a bonus from the Lottery of USD 1,000 [GBP 787], equal to 1 percent of the prize, for selling a USD 100,000 [GBP 78,710] top-prize winning scratch-off.”