Local tv station KFOR tried to get more information on the lottery winner (see video below)
Every week like clockwork 57-year-old Pat Tucker would buy two Mega Millions lottery tickets at his 7-Eleven store in Burbank, California.
Last week, something happened that would change his life - and his bank account.
Instead of buying two Mega Millions tickets, the clerk accidentally gave Tucker a $2 Powerball ticket.
Tucker says instead of tearing it up and getting the Mega Millions ticket that he tried to buy, he decided to just go with it.
Tucker purchased his winning ticket at this 7-Eleven store at 1611 West Olive Avenue in Burbank, Los Angeles County.
When the numbers were drawn for the Powerball lottery, Tucker was stunned.
“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.
His accidental ticket matched five of the six numbers, meaning he would walk away with $380,744.
Tucker says he plans to use the money to fix up his house and says it will probably make things a little less stressful.
ABOUT POWERBALL: Powerball is a multistate game played in California (and 43 other states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw.
Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 22,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers.
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