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Melvin Rose of Waynesboro NC holds up his lottery check
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NC Visitor Wins $100k After Cashier Makes a Costly Mistake

Imagine visiting another state for the very first time and leaving $100,000 dollars richer as a result! That’s what happened to this Tennessee man, who visited North Carolina recently. And who does he have to thank for his newfound riches? A store cashier who made a rather costly mistake.

Cashier Gives Man the Wrong Lottery Tickets

Melvin Rose from Waynesboro, Tennessee, was visiting Hickory, North Carolina, to complete a painting and restoration job that was estimated to take three weeks. Rose told the North Carolina Education Lottery officials that while visiting, he decided to stop at the Raceway off of U.S. 321 to buy a few $5 scratch-off tickets.

However, after he requested those tickets, the cashier accidentally handed him three $20 100X the Cash tickets instead. Rose decided that this must be fate and proceeded to purchase the more expensive tickets.

A $100,000 Prize for Choosing Fate

Rose quickly learned that he made the right decision! The first ticket was sadly a dud, and then the second one won him $20. All in all, not too bad or unexpected… but then he scratched off the third ticket and his life was changed at that moment.

The third ticket, after being scratched off, revealed that Melvin Rose was the winner of the $100,000 jackpot. Rose said about his winnings, “You know, there’s a reason she gave those to me. My luck’s here in North Carolina. It’s my first time in North Carolina too!”

What Will He Do With His Lottery Winnings?

Like many people who find themselves with a sudden abundance of unexpected funds, Rose already knows what he wants to do with some of the money – treat his friends. And he also wants to give himself a little treat, because why not?

“I’m taking my friends out to lunch, paying off some bills, and I’ve always wanted to take a cruise down to the Caribbean,” said Rose.

If you ask me, he might want to slip a little prize to the cashier who accidentally gave him the winning ticket leading to his big win. She may have cost him an $15 extra, but he certainly got that and more in return!

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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