A cashier’s mistake gifted a New Hampshire man $2.1million as he was accidentally sold the wrong lottery ticket that went on to scoop the jackpot.
Father of three, Scott Bennett, 48, wanted to buy a Lucky for Life lottery ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks ticket, but was instead given two entries to the Megabucks draw at the Hillsborough Circle K Convenience Store .
But it turns out the mistake was actually the favour of a lifetime, as the Bennett family went on to win the top Megabucks prize on Friday night and became overnight millionaires.
Cathy Bennett, 47, Scott’s wife, told WMUR TV about the moment her husband realised they had won.
‘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,’ she said.
‘We must have checked them about 15 times. We really truly didn’t believe it.’
The couple’s son Travis, 20, had heard that a winner was local and left a note on the kitchen table urging his father in case they were the lucky ones.
The note is now a prized-possession to the family reminding them of their lucky win.
They celebrated with Chinese food but Mr Bennett, a property manager, and his wife, an elementary school paraprofessional want to carry on working regardless of their windfall.
Mr Bennett didn’t attend the press conference called to mark their win as it clashed with work.
‘He’s at work,’ she told UnionLeader.com, ‘he’s out sanding and plowing.
‘We’re going to keep working,’ she added. ‘We both love our jobs.’
She was joined instead by her parents Wally and Sharon Houghton, 23-year-old daughter Danielle, Travis and her other son Brett, 16 to collect the cheque.
Mrs Bennett added: ‘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…there might be a few extra presents under the tree.’
Mr Bennett did, of course, make time to thank the ticket-seller, 24-year-old Nicki Gee who made the mistake when he purchased tickets on Wednesday.
‘He came in to thank me and said I had made a very good mistake,” Ms Gee said.
The Bennetts chose to take a lump-sum payment of $1.3 million.
The supermarket receives $21,500 for selling the winning prize.
The couple plan to spend the money on improving their newly-purchased home.