By Dan Fastenberg

Clerk's mistake makes Louisiana man a millionaireMaybe the customer isn't always right.

When Robert Thibodaux Sr., a commissioner with the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District, went to buy his weekly lottery tickets at the end of October, he aimed to purchase his usual ticket package. He spent $5 to buy two Lotto tickets, two Powerball tickets and one Easy 5 ticket, according to an Associated Press report. Instead, the powerplay option was accidentally added to the tickets, bumping up his initial purchase by $2.

Instead of crying foul, Thibodaux went along with the new purchase, and ponied up the extra funds he was now being asked to pay. It so turns out the errant ticket turned up a winner, and Thibodaux walked away with a $1 million pot when all he would have won without the power play would have been $200,000.

Upon hearing the news of his victory, Thibodaux didn't hesitate to spread the wealth.

"You made me a millionaire. That being said, I have a check for you," he reported to the clerk upon greeting her, according to a report by UPI. In fact, Thibodaux's winning ticket was just one instance of serendipity related to the lotto win. He bought the ticket from a woman with his same last name, Jaime Thibodaux, and in a Shop-Rite located in a town that also shared the name of Thibodaux, Louisiana.

While the amount of victory money that was exchanged between the Thibodauxs hasn't been disclosed, it was reported that Thibodaux walked away from the lottery with a total $700,000 after taxes. He also is said to be planning to build a house on the bayou for his wife.

An errant victory is not unprecedented in this year's lotteries across the nation. As was covered on AOL Jobs last month, a Georgia prom dress attendant won $25 million in October when a Decatur Shell Food mart clerk doled out Mega Millions and Powerball tickets even though only the former had been purchased.

The woman, Kathy Scruggs, also planned to buy a house with the earnings for her family. But she also told the media she planned to start foundations for the homeless.

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The Lottery Pattern – How Do I Find One?

Many people have spent years trying to determine how to win the lottery. Some individuals will tell you that there is no system while other individuals will swear by lottery secrets that they seem to have learned over the years. This article will spend a few moments discussing some of the things that a person may want to do in order to actually win the lottery and become a millionaire over night. Keep in mind that one man did identify how to do this and he was literally shot in the foot as authorities tried to find out his lottery secret.
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While you may actually win the first time you apply the formula related to the lottery strategy you learn, you may not win the first time. It is expected that you may be disappointed with this result. However, you should not give up. Understanding the lottery strategy may simply take a little bit of practicing. It will come to you and you will be very pleased that you tried the steps that this man wants to share with you.
Winning the lottery is not as difficult as rocket science. You do not have to be an expert in numbers. This is especially true when you think about the fact that someone has already completed the work for you. All you need to do is learn what the lottery code is so that you will be able to select the winning numbers the next time.
Finally, when you do start to win the lottery you will need to think about what you want to do with all of your winnings. You should keep in mind that winning that much money is a blessing. Yes, you may have 100 things that you want to do with that money but you should think about other individuals that may need some assistance as well. Look at it this way, if you are going to keep winning then sharing should not be a big deal.

January 09 2012 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why can't people just say congratulations and go on with their day? Are people so selfish and jaded they cannot even be happy for another human being anymore?

November 16 2011 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

go down to the french quarter and have some fun , that's what winning are best used for , congrats

November 15 2011 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I need 50K FAST

November 15 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh my, I wish a clerk would make a mistake like that for me......Oh thats right, I don't play the lottery very often. Only once in awhile when I have the extra money, which isn't very often.

November 15 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I can't even make $2 off the lotto!! good for them, and the clerk who messed up.

November 15 2011 at 7:16 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

This is a much better story then the crack head with the golden voice. Good for him. Enjoy!!

November 15 2011 at 7:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

A year's wages? What kind of job do you have? There are a lot of CEO's that don't make $700,000.00 per year.

November 15 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Craig and Valisha

Would this guy be considered EVIL? Because anybody who has money is EVIL.

November 15 2011 at 6:31 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Craig and Valisha's comment

Well you have to start somewhere...perhaps he can get used to "nouveau-evil" and work on it from there.

November 15 2011 at 6:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Here's a guy who clearly believes in paying it forward. Good on ya Robert Thibideaux! It doew my heart good to see a good guy win.

As for $700,00 not being would pay off two mortgages (ours and my mother's), make needed repairs to both homes, pay every single debt we owe, start trusts for our grandson's education and us and have some left over for charity. In short, it would buy us economic freedom.

You're right, it won't make me eligible for the 1%. But I don't need a palatial estate and expensive cars. I'd take it in a heartbeat.

November 15 2011 at 6:29 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply