Guy Wins $1K —Then $10M Moments Later

Rodney Meadows 'let it ride'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Lucky Man Wins $10M Moments After Winning $1K
Rodney Meadows had one lucky day in November.   (California Lottery)

We've heard of having a lucky day, but this is ridiculous. A man running errands Nov. 23 in Modesto, Calif., bought a $30 scratch-off ticket at the local Fast Mart and won $1,000, KCRA reports. Then things got even better. According to the Los Angeles Times, Rodney Meadows decided to "let it ride" and bought three more tickets. One of them was a $10 million winner. "He plays compulsively every day," a fellow Fast Mart customer tells KCRA. "It couldn't have happened to a better guy." Meadows, who says he buys four or five lottery tickets a week, has won $1,000 twice in the past. But he hasn't decided what he's going to do with this latest—much larger—windfall. According to the Times, the odds of winning the top prize on a $30 California Lottery 30th Anniversary ticket is a relatively good 1 in 3 million. (Read more California stories.)

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