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#1 Hum

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:18

A New Hampshire man is the winner of a $2.1 Megabucks lottery jackpot even though the lucky ticket wasn't the one he intended to buy.

Scott Bennett, 48, of Hillsborough, went into the Circle K convenience store on Dec. 19 and asked the clerk for one Tri-State Megabucks ticket and one Lucky for Life ticket. The clerk mistakenly sold him two Megabucks tickets.

He never got the Lucky for Life ticket, but that probably doesn't matter now, because one of the Megabucks tickets was a big winner.

At a press conference on Friday, the Bennett family - minus Scott, who was at work - appeared to accept the prize.

Cathy Bennett, Scott's 47-year-old wife, said this Christmas "there might be a few extra presents under the tree."

She described the experience as "surreal."

"It's very overwhelming but I think once everything settles we'll enjoy and take the time to enjoy it and decide what the future's going to hold," she said, according to ABC News affiliate WMUR TV in Manchester, N.H.

The Bennetts have three children. It was their son, Travis, 20, who set things in motion. He left a note saying a winning ticket had been sold in their neighborhood and urging his father to check the numbers on his ticket.

"I went downstairs, and he was sitting there with the ticket in one hand and the New Hampshire Lottery website on the computer, just staring at both of them," Cathy Bennett said, recalling her husband at the computer. "We must have checked them about 15 times. We really truly didn't believe it."

When they found out they'd won, they called a family meeting and ordered in Chinese food.

The Bennetts opted to take the lump sum payment of about $1.3 million, and will use it to pay down debt, remodel the kitchen in their recently purchased Victorian home and fund their children's college education.

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#2 Colin McGregor

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:22

lol damn you americans get raped when its winnings time. So glad we have places here in Canada to get back the money we are robbed of if we win over there

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:38

^ Quiet you -- or we'll come take your lobsters ...

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:45

^ Quiet you -- or we'll come take your lobsters ...


try it, your white house will be burned down

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:49

try it, your white house will be burned down


*goes and takes all the lobsters*

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:50

try it, your white house will be burned down


And burried under snow afterward :D

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:52

And burried under snow afterward :D


I wish. Got like half an inch of snow here. Sucks.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:57

try it, your white house will be burned down


If you hear a knock on your door it's probably just the Secrete Service.

#9 zeke009

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 04:34

If you hear a knock on your door it's probably just the Secrete Service.

Make sure you have treats for them.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:07

A New Hampshire man is the winner of a $2.1 Megabucks lottery jackpot even though the lucky ticket wasn't the one he intended to buy.


So you're saying it was the second ticket that won and not the one he normally got?

Must have kept them in separate pockets so he knew which was which I suppose. :shifty:

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:28

wait " lump sum payment of about $1.3 million" how does that work.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:29

If he chose to get it all at once, That's what left after the government takes their free money.

Nope, that is before taxes. The full (advertised) amount is assuming you get it paid out over 20+yrs. Regardless of which option you take you then lose 25% to federal taxes and then more to local (state) taxes. They are probably looking at getting a little more than $850,000 after it's all accounted for

#13 psionicinversion

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 06:46

i dont get get how you can accidentally win a ticket youve won... doesnt make any sense

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 07:18

At a press conference on Friday, the Bennett family - minus Scott, who was at work - appeared to accept the prize.


That may be taking dedication to his job a bit too far.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:33

$2.1


Doesn't seem like a lot :p