Every time someone wins a big lottery jackpot, the community is very interested in the numbers he chose and whether he resorted to a lottery system or not. It comes as no surprise that when a New Hampshire man claimed to have won the lottery by accident, both the players and the media were drawn by his story. What makes it particularly exciting is the fact that the lucky winner had no intention of buying the ticket that eventually turned out to be a winner.
Some mistakes change lives for the better
Way too often people commit errors that they have to pay for years in a row, but in this fortunate case Scott Bennett should be grateful for what happened. It was just a regular day for him when he went shopping for lottery tickets into a Circle K convenience. His intention was to purchase a Lucky for Life ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks ticket, but the clerk misunderstood his request and handed him to Tri-State Megabucks tickets instead.
Despite the fact that it was not his intention to buy them, Mr. Bennett was inspired enough not to make a big fuss about it and settle for what he got. We can only speculate about what would’ve happened with the Lucky for Life ticket but knowing how the odds of winning the lottery are stacked against players, it is only fair to assume that that ticket would’ve been a loser. On the other hand, Scott was thrilled to discover that the second ticket that was sold to him by chance made him $1.3 million richer.
Yet another Christmas miracle
When Scott and his wife Cathy Bennett stepped forward to claim the prize, they couldn’t overstate the satisfaction for this unexpected turn of events. The couple appeared to be a grounded one and after overcoming the initial enthusiasm and emotions, said that they intend to think things over carefully. They have three children and it was their oldest son Travis who urged them to check the numbers and see if they won. Just like many other lottery winners before them, the Bennetts couldn’t believe their eyes and checked the numbers several times.
Now that they are certain about the fact that they’ve won, they chose the lump payment and they intend to use a portion of it to pay their outstanding debts. They will also refurbish their recently acquired Victorian house and save the rest of the money for unforeseen expenses. One of the main priorities is to pay for their children college education, and help them avoid the handicap of starting their careers with a huge student loan debt. Besides the Bennetts, the Circle K store will also benefit from selling the winning ticket as the lottery will award it an amount of $21,500.