AUSTIN (October 14, 2011)—Robert Allen of Buffalo won a $1 million prize in the Texas Lottery’s Black-Series II-Limited edition scratch off game after purchasing a ticket at the Discount Center in Jewett, but that wasn’t the game he intended to play when he went to the store.
“I wanted a $7 ticket, a $5 ticket and a $10 Set For Life. Well, they were out of the Set For Life, so I said, ‘Give me one of those.’ I’d say I was lucky, but really, I believe I was led there.”
“The lady at the store was so excited,” Allen said
“I was stunned. I thought I would jump up and down and do my million-dollar dance if I ever won, but I just sat there staring at that ticket," he said.
It was the last of six $1 million prizes in the game, which is scheduled to end on Nov. 26, the Texas Lottery Commission said Friday.
The store is eligible for a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
And it’s not the first winning ticket the Discount Center has sold.
In December, Billy J. Smith of Buffalo claimed a $12 million Lotto Texas grand jackpot after buying a ticket at the store.
The ticket was purchased with a cash option, making it worth $8,000,256 before taxes.
The Discount Center received a $120,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Allen said the prize came at a perfect time because his family is dealing with recent medical expenses.
“Every win is special, but this claim is especially remarkable,” Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief said.
“It is notable for happening not only at an important time for Mr. Allen but also less than one year after the Discount Center sold a Lotto Texas jackpot winner,” he said.