HIllsborough man wins Megabucks thanks to store clerk's mistake
HILLSBOROUGH - Christmas came a few days early for Scott Bennett and family Wednesday when a ticket he'd received by mistake won a $2.1M Tri-State Megabucks jackpot.
Bennett, who works in property management, stopped by the Irving Circle K convenience store on Main Street in Hillsborough on Wednesday to buy a drink. While there, he thought he'd try his luck with the lottery. He asked for a ticket for another lottery game, but clerk Nikki Gee accidentally printed a ticket for Tri-State Megabucks. Bennett, who either didn't notice or didn't mind Gee said, took the ticket and left.
The next day, Travis Bennett, Scott's oldest son, heard that the Hillsborough convenience store had sold a winning Megabucks ticket. Turns out the ticket Gee sold Scott was that ticket.
“He came in yesterday to thank me and said I had made a very good mistake,” said Gee, 24.
The Bennetts won a jackpot of $2.1 million, which they could have taken in installments over 30 years, but at a press event at the Circle K on Friday, New Hampshire Lottery spokeswoman Maura McCann said the family had opted to take a lump sum payment that will come in just under $1 million in cash after taxes.
Cathy Bennett, a paraprofessional at the Hillsborough-Deering Elementary School, was on hand with her parents Wally and Sharon Houghton, daughter Danielle, 23, her sons Travis, 20, and Brett, 16, and Travis's girlfriend Haley Rubin to accept the large check from the lottery. Scott Bennett couldn't make it to the press conference, his wife said.
“He's at work,” she said, “he's out sanding and plowing.”
Cathy Bennett said the money will be used to pay off college loans and renovate the kitchen. And, she said, there might be a little extra something under the tree for everyone on Christmas. Otherwise, life will go on as usual.
“We're going to keep working,” she said. “We both love our jobs.”
READER COMMENTS: 1
- George Will: Scotland's epic vote - 0
- Charles Krauthammer: Obama's uncertain trumpet, again - 0
- Maureen McDonald: Ray Rice and the everyday problem of domestic violence - 1
- Another View -- Jason Bedrick: An important court victory for parents and taxpayers - 3
- Thomas Sowell: Mob rule economics is bad for everyone - 8
- George Will: Eviscerating the 1st Amendment is extremism - 5
- Jonah Goldberg: Upholding America's honor in a dangerous world - 0
- Kathy Sullivan: We are in for a nasty, dishonest election season - 25
- Charles Arlinghaus: Don't apologize for not voting - 5
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Bittersweet ending for Merrimack chocolatiers Tuesday - 0
- Mill Stores will close its two NH stores, among others - 0
- NHIAA Football: Merrimack pushes into the Power Poll - 0
- Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine - 1
- Two weekend robberies reported in Manchester, one committed by man in sling, 'Rocky Squirrel' hat - 0
- Man stabbed in leg in Manchester incident - 0
- Senate sustains Hassan veto of bill to revamp juvenile justice system - 1
- Possible negotiated plea for Nashua dad accused of negligent homicide in son's death - 0
- Amherst man facing charges in August Merrimack accident - 0
In 2nd District race, Garcia bucks Obamacare
Attorney claims illegal phone seizure following Christmas Eve accident that killed Brookline mom
Find the hidden cash stashed downtown
Strategery: A war by any other name
Strategery: A war by any other name
Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.?
Another View -- Sharon Day: The Democrats' claim to be the party for women is just not believable
Lawyer wants cellphone evidence thrown out
Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine
20140915-Adam Sandler reflects on his and Chris Farley’s firing from ‘SNL': ‘It hurt a lot’