Lottery Player Gets Wrong Ticket, Wins $1M
He asked for one game, but distracted clerk gave him another
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2012 5:38 PM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2012 10:30 AM CDT
File photo of lottery tickets.   (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss)

(Newser) – When a store clerk gave a Massachusetts man a different kind of scratch-off lottery ticket than he asked for, he didn't make a big deal about the mistake; he said he just "rolled with it." It was a good decision: He won $1 million. Richard Brown of Taunton said he went into Gulf Taunton recently and asked for a $5 "Blue Ice 7s" ticket, but the clerk was distracted and instead gave him a "Sizzlin 7s" ticket.

Brown selected the cash option on the prize and received a one-time lump sum payment of about $430,000 after taxes. He plans to use the money for a new roof on his home and to take a trip to San Francisco, among other things. The store gets a $10,000 commission, thanks to the mistake.