ERIN, Tenn. — Mike West gets weekly deliveries to his home in Erin. Wednesday morning when he opened a box he was surprised to find thousands of dollars of Tennessee Lottery scratch off tickets.
They package of tickets sat on top of several other items inside a large box that was left on his doorstep.
"I thought this here must be my games, I got some X Box games," West explained.
But when he opened the plastic envelope he discovered the lottery tickets inside.
"I just started seeing game after game. It's literally millions of dollars in games, " West said.
At first, West could not believe what he found inside the box.
"My reaction was, I hit the lottery," West said while laughing. "But then again, I know this wasn't mine, I know it ain't mine," he admitted.
West had a theory of how the tickets wound up in his possession. The packing tape on top of that box was not very secure.
"So they set that down there and being as heavy as it was, it went down in there," according to West.
West admitted to the excitement he felt when he first discovered the tickets.
"Temptation was there. I mean who ain't got that kind of temptation. It was in my lap, it was addressed to me," he said.
The package was actually addressed to a Sudden Service store on Riverside Drive in Clarksville.
When a spokesperson from the Tennessee Lottery learned of this mistaken delivery she made it known the tickets are not valid until a lottery retailer activated them.
West worked to find a way to return the tickets to the Tennessee Lottery.
"I want it to get back where it was suppose to and do the job it's supposed to, put some kids in college," West said.
A spokesman for UPS, the company that delivered the package to West, said the company was not yet made aware of a mistakenly delivered package.
Two representatives from the Tennessee Lottery traveled to Erin Wednesday night and picked up the tickets from West.