A smoker who popped into a cigarette shop for a packet of fags walked out with an amazing USD 50,000 [GBP 39,200] win.
Lucky Gary Lackey – from White Hall, Arkansas State, USA – bought the powerball ticket while he was waiting to pay on 17th June at Paul’s Discount Tobacco.
He said in a statement obtained by Newsflash from Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL): “I play the lottery often and only won a couple of dollars so far.
“I checked the ticket on the scanner at Paul’s and was surprised when a smiley face appeared.
“So, I gave the ticket to the store clerk for her to check it at the register.
“I knew I had won big when all the bells and sirens started going off.”
He explained that he plans to save most of the cash and donate some to his church and help out his relatives.
ASL officials said: “Retailers receive a one percent commission from the sale of winning lottery products.
“Paul’s Discount Tobacco will receive a USD 500 [GBP 392] commission check for selling the winning ticket.”