$32M Lottery Winner Believes in Magic

Md. accountant says Wiccan gods helped him hit the jackpot
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2007 6:21 PM CDT
Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett displays a copy of the winning ticket Sunday Sept. 2, 2007 after winning the Mega millions jackpot in Nottingham, Md. Bartlett will share the $330 million jackpot with four other...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Maryland accountant says he won a share of last week's $330 million Mega Millions jackpot by making a deal with Wiccan gods. “You let me win the lottery, and I’ll teach,” said Elwood “Bunky” Bartlett, who says he holds one of four winning tickets and stands to pocket at least $32 million after taxes, the AP reports.

Bartlett bought two quick-pick tickets when he stopped at a liquor store on his way to a New Age healing shop where he occasionally teaches. “If it wasn’t for this place I wouldn't have won the lottery,” he says. He vowed not to let his good fortune change him, saying, “I’m going to live my life like I have been.” (Read more Mega Millions stories.)