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Harland Dodson III holds up a giant 500k lottery check
Virginia Lottery

His Wife Needed a New Lighter, He Brought Home $500,000 Instead

When Harland Dodson’s wife asked him to go to the store to pick up a lighter for her, never in their wildest dreams did they expect to win $500,000 instead!

Dodson told officials that he initially went to the 7-Eleven where he purchased the winning lottery ticket because his wife needed a new lighter. While he was there, the display of Virginia’s Lottery Scratchers ticket caught his eye, and the rest is history.

Dodson Bought 4 Tickets: 2 For Him, 2 For His Wife

After Dodson decided to purchase some of the Virginia’s Lottery Scratchers tickets, he kept things even. He purchased two of the tickets for himself and two for his wife. Guess who ended up with the winning ticket?

When Dodson scratched off his own Super 5s game ticket, he got the surprise of his life. “I said to my wife, ‘We just won $500,000!” to which she replied, “Let me see!” – and he told her, “No!”

According to the Virginia Lottery, Dodson had only a 1 in 652,800 chance of winning, so just goes to show that the next time your wife asks you to do something, it might be in your best interest to listen.

Related: Kind-Hearted Woman Wins $500k in Virginia Lottery Scratcher Game

Another Lottery Winner Wasn’t So Lucky

The story didn’t end so well for the winner of a $100,000 lottery ticket in Menasha, Wisconsin—and they’re sure to be devastated if they ever find out that they actually won!

Last July, a customer of Citgo AV Food Mart, located at 975 Racine St. in Menasha, purchased an “All or Nothing” lottery ticket. The odds of winning were 1 in 352,716, but they never claimed their prize within the allowed 180-day window.

Kailey Bender, a Wisconsin Lottery spokesperson, said, “Prizes not claimed within 180 days after the drawing are forfeited. The value of unclaimed prizes is credited to the Wisconsin Lottery property tax relief fund.”

The winner was supposed to claim their prize by Friday of last week, but unfortunately, it remained unclaimed. “The winner did not claim the ticket by close of business,” said Bender.

Here’s hoping the winner’s spouse doesn’t find out!

Marion Prince

If Marion Price ever won the lottery, she’d accept the winnings anonymously, hire a lawyer right away, and live modestly on the interest payments from her lump-sum payment. Not that she has a plan or anything…

She finds the stories of lotto winners fascinating—especially those rags-to-riches-to-rags again stories of winners who had it all and then lost everything.

When she’s not researching tales of winners and losers for HowTheLuck, Marion enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

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