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The Christmas Eve lottery miracle

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Kentucky couple claims state-record $128.6 million jackpot

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A central Kentucky autoworker is lucky he held on to the $128 million Powerball ticket he bought on Christmas Eve during some last-minute shopping — after all, it was printed by mistake.

Lottery officials said Rob Anderson and his wife, Tuesday, were winners of the largest jackpot in the state's history.

On Wednesday the couple was introduced at the state lottery headquarters in Louisville. The Andersons said they didn't initially believe they had won the $128.6 million jackpot after buying lottery tickets together for 12 years.

Rob Anderson, 39, said the winning ticket was a misprint that he decided to keep while buying stocking-stuffers at a Georgetown, Ky., gas station. He wanted to buy $1 lottery tickets for three people, but the clerk goofed.

"The clerk ran the $3 Quick Pick but he put it all on one ticket, and I was like, doggone it, I needed three separate tickets," Anderson said.

The clerk asked him if he wanted to keep the ticket, which had three sets of random numbers.

"Yeah, I got a couple extra dollars," Anderson said, and he bought three more tickets to give as gifts.

In a surveillance picture of Rob Anderson buying that Powerball jackpot ticket worth millions, you can see the cashier gave him a $3 Quick Pick ticket when he wanted three $1 Quick Pick tickets.

When he arrived at home, he tossed the ticket on his dresser and didn't think about it until the Sunday morning after the drawing.  Rob checked the winning numbers on his DirectTV system and knew they weren't any of the ones he usually picked.  That's when he remembered the $3 ticket on his nightstand.

"As I was walking down the hall with the ticket, it seemed like with every step I took I realized I'd matched another number. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. When I finally realized all of the numbers matched, I could only think of one thing:  to yell to my wife – "Oh damn, I think we've hit the lottery!"

Still not believing what he was seeing, Tuesday called her father and asked him to read back the winning Powerball numbers. "Tuesday then told him he'd better get over to our house fast," Rob said.

In the eleven days since the drawing, Rob has taken the time to meet with an attorney to decide how best to move forward. "It's really important to me that we stay grounded through this process. I'd thought in the past about what I'd do if this ever happened to us, but the odds just seemed so long that I never thought it would occur."

Rob said the first few nights after the big win were sleepless, and he'd been taking the rest of the time "day by day. My nerves were shot, and I drank a few beers to help calm me down." The ticket was kept in a safe.

The couple, who work at a plant building seats for Toyotas, said they were hesitant to go public about the winnings. They declined to say if they had children.

"We're really grounded people," Rob Anderson said. "My wife taught me well, so to speak, to hang on to that dollar and see how far it gets you. We'll still clip coupons and still look for the clearance rack."

He said they would like to go back to school.  "I guess finance might be a good major to have," Rob laughed.

Tuesday Anderson said they have a dream of visiting Hawaii and she wants a new car.

The couple said they haven't decided if they'll return to work and whether they'll take a lump sum payment, which would be worth about $63 million.

Prior to this jackpot, the largest ever won in Kentucky was $89.3 million in 1996.

Top 10 Kentucky Lottery Jackpots

All of Kentucky's top-10 lottery jackpots are from the Powerball game.

  1. $128.6 Million — December 26, 2009, Rob and Tuesday Anderson, Georgetown, KY
  2. $89.3 Million — January 24, 1996, Kent Miller, Madison, TN
  3. $80 Million — April 19, 2000, Melvin Rhodes & Family, Clinton, TN
  4. $73.8 Million — August 25, 2001, David Edwards, Westwood, KY (1 of 4 tickets for $295 million jackpot)
  5. $65.4 Million — July 22, 2000, Mack Metcalf, Florence, KY & Virginia Metcalf, Dayton, KY
  6. $64.2 Million — April 20, 1994, Brenda Knopp, Bloomfield, KY
  7. $61.5 Million — September 27, 2007, The Nukote 22, Bardstown, KY
  8. $60.6 Million — May 27, 2000, James Christian, Burns, TN; Ronnie Mays, Lavergne, TN; Andy Perry, Mt. Juliet, TN; Mike Alderice, Lewisburg, TN
  9. $57.5 Million — June 18, 1997, Andy Davidson, Evansville, IN
  10. $41.5 Million — July 20, 2002, Richard Barbella, Lexington, KY

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Posted: January 6, 2010, 6:28 pm - IP Logged

Oh yeah? Wait until they have to parallel park that thing!

that would really fry my chicken!

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    Posted: January 6, 2010, 7:52 pm - IP Logged

    That is some miracle & a lucky mistake.

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      Posted: January 6, 2010, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

      What a wonderful surprise!  Huge congratulations to them! Party

      Good luck to everyone!

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        Posted: January 6, 2010, 9:37 pm - IP Logged

        I love those kinda mistakes.

        Just goes to show it can be well worth it to buy 'em. I always do.


                                                     
                             
                                                 

         

         

         

         

                                                                                                           

        "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                    --Edmund Burke

         

         

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          Posted: January 6, 2010, 9:41 pm - IP Logged

          Sometimes trying to do something nice for someone else pays off. Good for them. Big Smile

          Megamillionaire

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          A man must consider what a rich realm he leaves when he becomes a conformist.

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            Posted: January 6, 2010, 9:43 pm - IP Logged

            Nice mistake.  I have done that before and kep the ticket.  Anything goes!!

            Good for them.  All it takes is a little luck!!

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              Posted: January 7, 2010, 12:18 am - IP Logged

              Congrats to them on their win!

              "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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                Posted: January 7, 2010, 2:22 am - IP Logged

                ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS keep the misprinted ticket!!!

                "...a chance to push everything aside, the circumstances that've controlled our lives, and do it our way now. Good, bad or otherwise. You'll maybe get lost in it, tied up in it a little bit, but if you work your way through that the real you shows up, I think. Maybe what's at your core deep down, maybe that comes out. Maybe that's what it's about." Mike Pace 

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                  Posted: January 7, 2010, 2:23 am - IP Logged

                  Wow, Great story. What a way to end the year !!!!!!!!!

                  Tuesday? Crazy

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                    Posted: January 7, 2010, 3:05 am - IP Logged

                    if there isnt another reson to prove that you should keep those mis prints. i usually complaain and get a rerfund, they allow tht here. now i will keep em.

                    when they say " you're more likely to die driving to the store to buy a lotto ticket than win " i can say not this little black duck.

                    2014 winnings

                    JAN -$48.50;  FEB  -$77.5; MAR -$18.05;

                     

                     

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                      Wow, Great story. What a way to end the year !!!!!!!!!

                      Tuesday? Crazy

                      Tuesday's not a bad name Joe.  If you consider they could have named her Thursday.


                                                                   
                                           
                                                               

                       

                       

                       

                       

                                                                                                                         

                      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

                       

                       

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                        Posted: January 7, 2010, 7:37 am - IP Logged

                        Tuesday's not a bad name Joe.  If you consider they could have named her Thursday.

                        Remember the actress Tuesday Weld.

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                          Posted: January 7, 2010, 8:41 am - IP Logged

                          I love those kinda mistakes.

                          Just goes to show it can be well worth it to buy 'em. I always do.

                          True, True, True

                          Congratulations to them!  I always look at this type of thing as "it was meant to be"  too many coincidences for it not to be.  It gives me hope multiplied!  I won today too,  a  replay from my fantasy five and a hefty $2 from Super Lotto Yeah!

                          Of course I plan to give it right back plus more $$$$ since my 5 draw replay ran out yesturday and I have to get a new set.

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                            Posted: January 7, 2010, 10:15 am - IP Logged

                            Hooray! A "winning mistake"! This should happen more often. What a great story to read.