Freedom Man Wins One Million Dollars On Lottery Scratch-Off; Chooses Cash Payment Option
While in Spencer to pick up an order of Kentucky Fried Chicken for he and his father, Davis stopped by the Circle K West Convenience Store on Monday where he purchased a $10 ‘$80 Million Cash Spectacular’ scratch-off ticket from cashier Jon Franck.
“I live in Freedom and take care of my dad. On Monday I had taken the last of my 401(k) out. That night I told dad I didn’t feel like cooking dinner, so went to town to pick up some KFC,” Davis said. “As I was coming through town I thought I’d stop and buy a ticket. I was standing right outside the store next to the car. I had one winning number, I scratched it off and there it was, $1 million. I just froze and stood there staring at it. I started shaking before I ran back inside and got a pen.”
Davis went on to pick up his bucket of chicken before returning home to tell his dad that he was now a millionaire.
“I needed it, because I lost my job two weeks before Christmas,” he added.
Davis passed up on the annual payment option and chose the lump sum cash payment, equivalent to the present value of the annuity payments as established by the Hoosier Lottery. He walked away with $495,499.01 after taxes.
His first purchase came locally at Valley Chevrolet – a 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche.
As for any future plans, Davis said he has always wanted to visit Hawaii and plans to make the trip.
“I’m not going to have to worry about taking care of my dad anymore, because I know I can now. I couldn’t sleep that night at all,” Davis said. “I’m going to invest in a few things to where that is going to generate more money for me. My dad’s house is a real old house, so I’m going to update all the electrical and install all new plumbing and a brand new roof that will never leak on him again. His barn is getting ready to cave in, so I’m going to have it tore down and have a new one built. I’m going to take care of my dad.”
While the store doesn’t receive a bonus for selling a winning scratch-off, Davis generously gave the cashier who sold him the ticket a $100 bill.
According to the Hoosier Lottery, Davis has won $1,000 on several other occasions, the most recent being on January 18th at Speedway in Spencer.
“I have won $1,000 quite a few times. I just walk up and say give me that ticket, whichever ticket I want to buy,” he said. “People always tell me to go by the white line, but you cannot go by the lines on the tickets or the numbers. It’s just a chance you’re taking.”
According to the Hoosier Lottery, the ‘$80 Million Cash Spectacular’ features a total of eight tickets scattered throughout the state with a top prize of $1,000,000 – only one has yet to be claimed. The odds of the game are 1:3.37 and apply to the total number of tickets printed for a particular game.
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