A lucky man who scooped USD 100,000 on the lottery after his wife bought him a ticket as a birthday present said the good news was “like winning the lottery”.
Scott Pancheri, from the city of Middleton, Idaho State, USA, said he was stunned when he matched four white numbers and the Powerball on a ticket his wife had got him as a gift for his special day.
Pancheri whose age was not disclosed said in a statement obtained by Newsflash from Idaho Lottery: “It said we needed to take the ticket to the Lottery office to claim it.
“So, we tried to figure out how much we’d won. I thought it was USD 50,000 [GBP 41,112].”
Unaware of the true amount, Scott reportedly brought the ticket to lottery headquarters in the city of Boise expecting to claim USD 50,000 [GBP 41,112] on Friday, 20th October.
But he said he received the surprise of his life when lottery officials told him he had actually won USD 100,000 (GBP 82,231).
Scott said: “It’s like I won the Lottery!”
He added: “I’m not much of a gambler. My wife, though, she plays all the time.
“She loves scratch games, buys a couple of raffle tickets each year, so it was not too much of a surprise she got me a Powerball ticket with PowerPlay for my birthday.”
Scott’s wife had reportedly bought the ticket at the local Jackson’s ExtraMile convenience store.
Lottery representatives said: “With the unexpected additional winnings, Scott said his plans for the winnings include helping each of his children a little and then saving the rest.
“Happy USD 100,000 [GBP 82,231] Birthday, Scott!”