A successful first day leads to an even sweeter reward
By Kate Northrop
CALLAHAN, Fla. — A Florida man is elated after achieving two tremendous milestones in one day — winning $1 million in the lottery and opening his brand-new business.
Winning the lottery is a dream come true for anyone, but it's hard to imagine the overwhelming joy that comes from experiencing one twice over in the span of a day.
Brian Woodle, 46, of Callahan, and his wife recently celebrated the official grand opening of their auto repair shop.
"I love working on vehicles, and it has always been my dream to own my own repair shop," Woodle told the Florida Lottery.
Feeling lucky after a successful first day, the Nassau County resident stopped at the Circle K convenience store on U.S. Highway 1 in Callahan and bought a lottery ticket from the $5 "Gold Rush Supreme" scratch off game.
"At the end of our first day, I stopped by Circle K to get a few things and picked up a lottery ticket; just like that we won a million bucks!" the winner related.
Woodle scooped up a $1 million top prize in the game, which was released in January, and traveled to Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee with his family to claim the winnings. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum of $880,000 before taxes.
Now that the new business owner claimed his prize, there are eight top prizes of $1 million remaining out of the 24 available at the game's launch. There are also 154 second prizes of $10,000 out of 484 left and 902 third prizes of $2,000 out of 2,916 remaining in the game. The odds of winning any prize are 1 in 3.97.
The Lottery also encourages players to enter non-winning "Gold Rush Supreme" tickets into the game's second chance promotion, which features eight different drawings that award prizes of up to $10,000 to multiple players.
Congrats to him, he can enjoy doing what he loves .
Wow. Great luck. Florida has really good scratch off games. A million dollar prize on a $5 scratchoff! And they had 24 top prizes at the start of the game.
talk about the best kind of double whammy
doing what ya love and having the cash to get the better tools & diagnostic equipment
So happy for him and his Wife. They can really pay down some debt if they choose to. Double whammy, opening up your dream auto repair business and winning the lottery.
Sorry, but a double whammy is a double blow or setback. What happened to them is the polar opposite of a double whammy.
A double whammy would be him losing the winning ticket and his business catching on fire on his opening day.
Well OK then....a double NEGATIVE equals a positive, i.e. he don't do nothing means he does something.
The great thing about having won $880,000 before taxes is that he now has the luxery of allowing his business to grow over the months and years. He is not in the position where the business "must" be successful or he and his family are doomed. In other words he can afford to make mistakes in his first year without closing down and going bankrupt. Congratulations to Mr Woodle and his wife. Love this story Kate.
How's this possible?
What does your post mean? Mind reading isn't many of LP members speciality!
On the Press Your Luck game show in TV when a contestant gets a Whammy the Whammy takes away all the money they've won.
off topic: Powerball jackpot is now $409,000,000.
...and if you add PB and MM jackpots together you get a nice pick 3....777!
Wow! Awsome!! God bless!