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Accidental Millionaire Rewards Cashier


Last Edited: November 13, 2011, 2:35 am

The cashier whose lottery-ticket-mistake made Robert Thibodaux Sr. a millionaire got a big surprise.

Thibodaux says he made a promise to the cashier at Shop-Rite where he bought the winning ticket he didn’t ask for. 

The cashier accidentally sold him the power-play option which turned two hundred thousand dollars into one million dollars.

Quoting Gen Douglas MacArthur he told her, “I shall return.”

After collecting his million dollars at the Louisiana Lottery head quarters on Thursday, Thibodaux went back to the Shop-Rite in Thibodaux where he purchased the winning ticket, “I won a lot of money.  But you know what?  This lady who sold me the ticket is a big part of this.”

Coincidentally, the cashier’s last name is also Thibodaux, Jaime Thibodaux.  The lottery winner found the cashier and said to her, “I told you I was coming back, and I’m back. I’m very appreciative of what you did.  You made me a millionaire.  That being said, I have a check for you.”

The two Thibodaux’s embraced and agreed the amount of the check will stay between them.

The 70-year-old French Cajun man says the million dollars will make life easier for him and his wife, their six children and sixteen grandchildren.

“It's just nice when you got a regular family and you win something like this, you going to enjoy this.  It's not going to change us.

How much would you give the cashier for making you a millionaire?

Entry #112


Comment by Starr920 - November 13, 2011, 7:25 am
I watched the video on this story (too bad I can't post it here) - this guy seems like a real fun-loving character! His whole family was with him at lottery headquarters and he said folks were already coming out of the woodwork looking for a handout. After taxes he's down to about $650,000. Since the store gets $10,000 for selling the winning ticket - I think he gave her at least that much. But he said she was a big part of his win so maybe he gave her ten percent - $65,000. Now that really would be something wouldn't it?
tiparker119Comment by tiparker119 - November 13, 2011, 9:28 am
I have always said that should I win a BIG jackpot....I would give some money to the individual I sold me the ticket....most of these individual work hard for the money and why not give some back to that person...!!!
Comment by Starr920 - November 13, 2011, 9:48 am
Thanks for the comment, Parker:) I feel the same way about tipping the clerk - not sure how much it would be but I figure the store gets the commission so why not give a little something to the clerk - it's good Karma :))
Comment by Starr920 - November 15, 2011, 3:41 pm
Thanks for the comment, Somer - gee don't know why but I just don't believe you know what you're talking about :))

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