PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — Lightning struck twice for a Panama City Beach, Florida, man.
Jody Massengale won $3 million in November, playing a Florida Lottery scratch off game. Last week he did it again, winning $10 million on another scratch off ticket. This time, Massengale purchased his winning ticket at the Express Lane, located at 8302 Thomas Drive, in Panama City Beach. He bought his previous winner at a gas station on North Lagoon Drive.
David Haas, who works at the Express Lane, might be selling a lot more scratch off lotto tickets in the next few days. The word is out, he's the guy who sold Jody Massengale a $10 million winning scratch off ticket. "It's awesome. It's really interesting, I talked to him the day he bought the ticket in the store. At the time he didn't tell me how much it was for, then I come into work and find out it's like $10 million."
Locals are still talking about Massengale's $3 million win back in November. The fact he hit an even bigger jackpot this time has some wondering if he's got some kind of system. "If he does, it's something he needs to keep to himself. Either that or write a book on it," said Haas. "I guess it's just pure luck. I'm not surprised — that is what the tickets are made for. If he happened to win twice, more power to him. I'm happy for the guy," said Fred Jacobs, a frequent scratch off player.
While store management hopes the win will bring in more scratch off customers, fellow lotto players are trying to keep it all in perspective. "I haven't had a bad day in my 53 years of life. So long as I keep waking up, that is good enough luck for me," said Jacobs.
Massengale chose a one time pay out of $6.5 million dollars.