Pat Tucker was ready to play Mega Millions. He had his two dollars ready for the two tickets he usually buys twice a week. But then something happened. The clerk hit the wrong button. Instead of two Mega Millions tickets – Tucker now had a single $2 Powerball ticket; and get this: he ended up winning $380,774!
“It was a fluke I got the ticket,” the 57-year-old said. “It was an accident that I won.”
That’s quite the accident and Tucker couldn’t believe his luck at first. “It still seems funny to me. I don’t know…it doesn’t seem real.” But it was real. Tucker’s ticket matched five of six numbers in the October 21st Powerball draw. Those numbers were 30, 32, 42, 56 and 57. Tucker’s ticket missed only the Powerball number of 11.
So what’s next for Tucker? He plans to use some of the money to add on to his house, but that’s about it. He knows this prize will make everything a little easier, but he doesn’t want it to change his life one bit. “It’ll be a little less stress, but other than that, hopefully everything stays the same.”
Tucker purchased his winning ticket at the 7-Eleven store located at 1611 West Olive Avenue in Burbank (Los Angeles County).
Since nobody won Saturday’s Powerball jackpot, it rolls to a whopping $110 million for Wednesday’s draw.
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