Man Wins New Hampshire Lottery With Ticket Sold in Error

Lottery winner By Suzan Clarke

A New Hampshire man is the winner of a $2.1 million Megabucks lottery jackpot even though the lucky ticket wasn't the one he intended to buy.

Scott Bennett, 48, of Hillsborough, went into the Circle K convenience store on Dec. 19 and asked the clerk for one Tri-State Megabucks ticket and one Lucky for Life ticket. The clerk mistakenly sold him two Megabucks tickets.

He never got the Lucky for Life ticket, but that probably doesn't matter now, because one of the Megabucks tickets was a big winner.

At a press conference on Friday, the Bennett family - minus Scott, who was at work - appeared to accept the prize.

Cathy Bennett, Scott's 47-year-old wife, said this Christmas "there might be a few extra presents under the tree."

She described the experience as "surreal."

"It's very overwhelming but I think once everything settles we'll enjoy and take the time to enjoy it and decide what the future's going to hold," she said, according to ABC News affiliate WMUR TV in Manchester, N.H.

The Bennetts have three children. It was their son, Travis, 20, who set things in motion. He left a note saying a winning ticket had been sold in their neighborhood and urging his father to check the numbers on his ticket.

"I went downstairs, and he was sitting there with the ticket in one hand and the New Hampshire Lottery website on the computer, just staring at both of them," Cathy Bennett said, recalling her husband at the computer. "We must have checked them about 15 times. We really truly didn't believe it."

When they found out they'd won, they called a family meeting and ordered in Chinese food.

The Bennetts opted to take the lump sum payment of about $1.3 million, and will use it to pay down debt, remodel the kitchen in their recently purchased Victorian home and fund their children's college education.

Scott Bennett works in property management and his wife is an elementary school paraprofessional, the Union Leader newspaper reported. They both plan to keep their jobs.
As it turns out, the Bennetts weren't the only lucky ones.

The Circle K receives $21,500 for selling the winning ticket, and the owner plans to share some of the money with his workers, including Nicki Gee, the 24-year-old clerk who sold the ticket.

"He (Bennett) came in yesterday to thank me and said I had made a very good mistake," she said.

See more on ABC News:

Jerry Sandusky Says He's Trying to "Learn" and "Grow"
Boston Cop Rescues Drowning Woman
Bride Opens Wedding Gown After 26 Years to Find It's Not Hers

Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:
thomas zurkammer

Ver Cool!....It happened to someone who really needs this money!

December 27 2012 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They have already taken it out,
What a Joke, 800K gone for Tax's , and still he gets the same treatment as anyone else, Only he gets trashed by the Liberilas

December 27 2012 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wheres Obamas fair share now?

December 27 2012 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All you people who say you would quit your job would be broke in five years! 1.3 million will not go far if you have family that you share with and it sounds like he will share.

December 27 2012 at 11:08 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Some people would sue the clerk for making a mistake!

December 27 2012 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for them

December 27 2012 at 7:50 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

they dont even know if the winning ticket was the extra 1 or not,so even if he got the other ticket(set for life)he might have still got the winning ticket.

December 27 2012 at 1:00 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

who cares he won you lost quit crying your just jealous

December 27 2012 at 12:44 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

the owner of the store should divide the $ up evenly between himself & his employees, for with out them he wouldn't have a business to run.
The winners of the ticket, in my opinion, don't owe anyone from the store a dime.

December 26 2012 at 11:42 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to brokentalas's comment

How about looking at it like, without the owner they wouldn't have jobs. It's not the other way around, the owner is the one that took the risks and created the business.

December 27 2012 at 6:01 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

oh, wait a minute even if they do not tip her, the owner is giving the employees some money, silly me, I forgot, so she will come into some extra money anyway, good for her

December 26 2012 at 10:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply