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Cashier Makes Mistake - Robert Thibodaux Sr Cashes $1 Million Powerball Lottery Ticket

Nov 12, 2011
Clerk makes error, man claims $1 million prize.

A clerk made a mistake when entering the details of two lottery tickets for the powerball and her error netted 70-year old Robert Thibodaux Sr a $1 million prize.

CNN reveals Mr. Thibodaux matched five numbers in the October 29 drawing, but missed the Powerball number.

That five number match would usually win a $200,000 prize.

However, a cashier mistakenly added the Power Play option to both tickets and that multiplies the non-jackpot prizes by up to five times.

In this instance the clerk admitted her mistake at the point of purchase, but Mr. Thibodaux elected to pay the extra $2 for the Power Play.

Now he has won $1 million as opposed to $200,000.

He's happy and willing to share the winnings with the clerk.

"I'm a lucky person -- I won a lot of money. But this lady who sold me the ticket is a big part of this," Thibodaux said Thursday at Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.

He says he will give her an undisclosed reward.

The winning numbers were 11, 16, 40, 51 and 56. The Powerball was 38.


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