"This is way out of my lucky range!” | Chance encounter leads to $1 Million Kentucky Lottery Scratch-off win

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January 30, 2024

A chance encounter led to a Kentucky Lottery player from Taylorsville cashing in with a $1 million Scratch-off win.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, won the top prize of a 200X The Cash ticket.

The man said he stopped at a Five Star in Rineyville in January to cash in a previous $10 winning ticket and fill up on gas.

Once inside, he decided to play one of the games from the most recent Scratch-off ticket launch.

“I’ve seen that ticket advertised on TV,” the man said. “So, I put the $10 in it [vending machine] and got that ticket.”

The man said he left the store and scratched off the ticket in his car. Upon revealing his top prize win, he was in disbelief.

“I went back in and scanned it,” the man said. “This can’t be right; this is way out of my lucky range!”

He said he left the store and returned to his car in shock. The man said he reflected on his win for about 10 minutes and thought about how playing a specific lottery vending machine changed everything.

The winning ticket was purchased at one of two vending machines at the location. He said the one he purchased it from was in the lobby. He chose that one because the other one was already occupied.

“If I had seen that machine, I would have gone to that one,” he said. “Oh, my goodness, it could’ve been reversed!”

He also remarked on how getting the ticket from that particular store played a factor in the big win.

“I usually buy gas at another store, but I passed it,” he said. “I better stop and get gas at this place.  To go to that machine and get that ticket. It definitely took some guidance.”

After leaving the store, the man said he called his wife and told her the news.

“I didn’t believe him,” she said. “Until he told me he had gone back in and scanned it. And I said, ‘Oh, then it’s real!’ The stars were aligned.”

As for the winnings, the man decided to take the game’s lump sum cash payment of $700,000 instead of the annuity option ($50,000 a year for 20 years). He plans to use it towards purchasing new farm equipment.

The man walked away from Kentucky Lottery headquarters later that month with a check for $504,000. Five Star received $7,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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