You never know when luck is going to strike. It just seems to come out of nowhere and suddenly bless your life with something better than you could have imagined in your wildest dreams. John Lewis never buys lottery tickets. He thinks they’re a waste of money. But when he ran into his local grocery store to buy some mushrooms for his pasta sauce that night, something spoke to him – a silent voice within. Something urged Lewis to buy a lottery scratch ticket and he ended up leaving the store with an extra $5 million. Discover more about this lucky winner and what he plans to do with his lottery winnings.
Lewis is from New York and spent $10 on the Set for Life ticket and won enough to keep him out of work for the rest of his life.
I can’t believe how lucky he was.
“I never put money in those things,” he said of the machine inside Tops Friendly Market in Saranac Lake. “What possessed me to be in that store, at that time, with just enough money in my hand for that machine, I will never know.”
The store held a press conference from the store’s potato chip aisle. And Lewis was smiling from ear to ear.
“I’m just glad it was me.” Everyone laughed, but you can sense they’re jealous.
Because the ticket comes with a lifetime payout, Lewis, who is 56-years-old, will get $172,068 every year for the rest of his days.
And he wouldn’t have won the wonderful amount of money if he wasn’t making his father’s famous two-day pasta sauce. He was in the middle of cooking when he realized that he had forgotten to pick up the mushrooms, which are a major ingredient.
He scratched off the lottery ticket in the store and couldn’t believe he was the lucky winner.
“I just kept staring at it,” he said. “It wasn’t real.”
After winning, Lewis called his girlfriend, Mary. She thought he was joking.
The next call he made was to his employer in Lake Placid. When the boss got on the phone, Lewis told them that he was quitting his bartender job. He can’t wait to be done working that dead-end job.
Lewis plans to use the money to cover his family member’s medical bills. After all the money goes to bills, he might have some cash left over to finally get himself a truck and many a small piece of land.
But he is afraid the huge winning won’t change his life.
“We’re very low-keyed,” he said, standing next to his girlfriend.
Although he doesn’t think it will affect his life, he’s already quit his job and now has time to do what he loves.
“I was planning on working at something till the day I died,” he said. “This may open a few more doors, but we’re happy with the life we have. It’s a good life.”
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