When a distracted store clerk gave Richard Brown of Taunton, MA, a “Sizzlin 7s” scratch ticket instead of the “Blue Ice 7s” ticket he’d asked for, Brown says he just “rolled with it” rather than getting upset or trying to correct the clerk’s mistake. Thanks to that laid-back attitude, Brown won $1 million.
Brown selected the lump-sum cash option and took home about $430,000 after taxes. He plans to put a new roof on his house and take a trip to San Francisco, among other things. The Gulf Taunton store that sold him the ticket will receive a $10,000 commission.
UPDATE: On August 31, the Michigan Lottery held a press conference to introduce the winner of the jackpot, a railroad engineer from Lapeer, Michigan, named Donald Lawson. Lawson says he usually buys Quick Pick tickets but decided to choose his own numbers while standing in line to buy his ticket. The day he found out he won, Lawson quit his job with the railroad company and told his immediate family to retire. Lawson took the lump-sum payment option, and took home $158.7 million after taxes. He says he won’t squander his fortune. “Yeah, I’m a millionaire now, but I’ll still go to McDonald’s,” Lawson stated.
(Update source: abcnews.go.com)