“I’ve been playing for 15 years since the first lottery came out in Kentucky. People said that nobody ever wins, but not me. I knew I was going to hit.”
After taxes, Cooper said he took home a check for $344,881.99. So far, he has paid off his home, paid some debts and purchased a new truck for his wife and himself. He said he plans to invest and help his kids as well as his first grandson who is due to be born “any day now.”
Cooper’s winning card came from a $20 ticket from the $75 million Cash Blow-Out game that he bought from the Ideal Market. “I played three cards that day. The second one paid $50. When I got to the car, something told me to play one more, and that was the big one. I scratched it off, and then did a double take. The store employee scanned it and said I needed to contact the lottery headquarters to collect my winnings. I spent 45 minutes in my truck figuring out what I needed to do.”
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