Man On Vacation Buys Winning $1 Million Lottery Ticket

CRANSTON, R.I. (July 15, 2014) Thomas Mistele of Flemington, N.J. went on vacation off the coast of Rhode Island, but he’s returning home as a millionaire.

Mistele bought a $20 ticket for the $1,000,000 Scratch game at a Block Island pharmacy and won the same amount back so he decided to buy another ticket, the Rhode Island Lottery said Tuesday.

He started shaking with disbelief when he realized he had won $1 million, lottery officials said.

Mistele immediately told a friend with whom he's staying on Block Island, noted for its historic inns and outdoor activities and then he called his mother and brother, who say he's the lucky one in the family.

Mistele says he's not sure how he'll use the winnings.

He said he plans to have some fun, buy a new car and save for retirement.


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