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Lottery winner surprised ticket worth $250,000

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Lottery winner surprised ticket worth $250,000

Donald Ertman got a little agitated when he found out he'd have to make the 150-mile trip to Lansing to collect his lottery winnings. All that for $150, he complained.

Then the owner of the store that sold Ertman the $1 Mega Millions ticket set him straight: It was worth not $150, but a cool quarter of a million.

"I didn't believe him — not at first," Ertman told The Bay City Times.

The 71-year-old laid-off factory worker bought the ticket in late December at the Bad Axe Party Store & BP Gas Station, and walked around with it for six days without realizing it was worth $250,000.

He must have written down the numbers wrong when he saw them on TV, he said.

Ertman was speechless when store owner Eli Kabban told him what he really had, and his wife, Rosalie "Penny" Ertman, broke down in tears of joy when she learned the news.

"We're the typical poor senior citizens, and our income from Social Security is not a lot," she said.

The Ertmans, who live in Sanilac County's Minden Township in Michigan's Thumb, said they spend about $7 per week on lottery tickets. They remained anonymous until Monday.

The couple are investing the money, and Donald Ertman also said he plans to buy his wife a new car and spend some of the money making home improvements.

And yes, they bought a few tickets for Tuesday's Mega Millions game, with an expected jackpot of $150 million.

"Now you see," Donald Ertman said, "that's worth a buck."

The current jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery game is $179 million.  The drawing will be held Friday night at 11:00 PM Eastern Time.  Results will be posted at www.usamega.com.


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JackpotWanna's avatar - squiz

United States
Member #4121
March 23, 2004
817 Posts
Posted: February 14, 2008, 4:50 pm - IP Logged

WOW~ $1 = $250,000 WTG!


    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
    United States
    Member #56506
    November 21, 2007
    6537 Posts
    Posted: February 14, 2008, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

    Congrats to him. He was lucky that he got an honest store clerk to tell him that he won a lot more then $150.

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

      Litebets27's avatar - power
      United States
      Member #10465
      January 14, 2005
      6065 Posts
      Posted: February 14, 2008, 8:58 pm - IP Logged

      I Agree! You said a mouth full!!!

      Too many desparate people out here now days.


      Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

      Come on Jackpot!!!

        New Member
        Petoskey, MI
        United States
        Member #38241
        April 25, 2006
        2 Posts
        Posted: February 15, 2008, 1:04 am - IP Logged

        Speaking of making mistakes reading tickets, I just about threw away my ticket for Fridays mega millions drawing because I got forgot what day it was and thought  tuesdays numbers were for the friday drawing. Fortunately I keep my losing tickets around for a few days and check them again, so I didn't toss it.

          Tenaj's avatar - michellea
          Charlotte NC
          United States
          Member #17406
          June 18, 2005
          4054 Posts
          Posted: February 15, 2008, 1:56 am - IP Logged

          Hurray!Congratulations to them!  I like stories like that.  The clerk was honest.  The people were seniors and living off of social security.  No fights or lawsuits. They didn't spend a lot of money on the lottery and they won a cushion.


            justxploring's avatar - villiarna
            Wandering Aimlessly
            United States
            Member #25360
            November 5, 2005
            4461 Posts
            Posted: February 15, 2008, 4:54 am - IP Logged

            Notice that 150 appears several times in this article? 

            Great story!  71 years old and worked all his life.  Now he won't need to decide between buying food or prescriptions.   

              gocart1's avatar - lighthouse
              ONEONTA,NEW YORK
              United States
              Member #30516
              January 17, 2006
              421 Posts
              Posted: February 15, 2008, 1:04 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to him. He was lucky that he got an honest store clerk to tell him that he won a lot more then $150.

              Yes this really was a very nice story......so many times we hear about a bad apple store clerk

                konane's avatar - wallace
                Atlanta, GA
                United States
                Member #1265
                March 13, 2003
                3351 Posts
                Posted: February 15, 2008, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

                Huge congratulations to them .... awesome win!!!!  Kudos to the store clerk!!!  Party

                Good luck to everyone!

                  United States
                  Member #23835
                  October 16, 2005
                  3502 Posts
                  Posted: February 15, 2008, 3:53 pm - IP Logged

                  This story came up about a month ago. At that time the people didn't want their name revealed. So much for that idea.