Kentucky man who won $500,000 lottery prize celebrates by giving retailer employees money

Sep 5, 2023, 3:57 pm (9 comments)

Kentucky Lottery

First thought from lottery winner is a generous one

By Kate Northrop

FLORENCE, Ky. — A Kentucky man's first action on his to-do list after winning $500,000 in the lottery was to give money away to the employees at the store he bought the ticket from.

A Kentucky lottery winner decided to pay it forward after he won a $500,000 top prize in a scratch-off game.

Last Sunday, Daniel Reffitt was leaving the Meijer grocery store on Houston Road in Florence when he walked by a Kentucky Lottery vending machine.

He initially wanted to buy a Fast Play ticket, he told officials, but he couldn't take his eyes off the $20 "Precious Metals Titanium" scratch-off ticket.

 "I was reaching to press the button to buy the Fast Play ticket, then I thought, 'Never mind,' and bought the other ticket," Reffitt told the Lottery.

He made the right call. Reffitt scratched off the ticket right then and there in the store, and it didn't take long for him to realize he won — the $500,000 prize was waiting right under the very first number he scratched off.

He didn't wait to perform an act of kindness until after he claimed his prize either. His instinct to help others took over right away.

"I saw a few guys sitting down and gave them $100 each and told them, 'Merry Christmas!'" the Union resident recalled.

The Lottery asked him what he did with his winning ticket, to which he replied, "I took a selfie with it!"

Reffitt said the first person he told about his win was his wife.

"You're the luckiest man in the world," she said to him.

After taxes, Reffitt took home a grand total of $357,500, which he says he'll use to pay off some bills. As for the Meijer that sold the winning ticket, the store will receive a $5,000 bonus from the Lottery.

Reffitt claimed the last remaining top prize of $500,000 in the game, which launched in June. There are still 10 second-tier prizes of $10,000 and 169 third-tier prizes of $1,000 left to claim.

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Todd's avatarTodd

He wins the lottery, and then his very first thought is to spread some around to other people.  What a good human.


Congrats, Yet Again: KY

According to the Kentucky Lottery Officials, Daniel Reffitt, of Union, went to a Meijer supermarket in Florence on Aug. 27 and bought a $20 Precious Metals Titanium scratch-off ticket, So, we ask you to think about his lotto approach with given daily play + workouts maybe it can you one day. Good Luck!

cottoneyedjoe's avatarcottoneyedjoe

Nice guy. Congrats to him!

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats Daniel , you are a sweetheart. 🥳

MADDOG10's avatarMADDOG10

Good Man. pays it forward, Wish him the best of luck!

MzDuffleBaglady's avatarMzDuffleBaglady



Congratulations to him!  That area, N KY has quite a few winners over the years.


OTOH wonder what state has jammed up Mega Millions payouts this morning....results pending as of now.

rollindough's avatarrollindough

I know he was outdone.  Congratulations to the winner.  I hope he lives and enjoys the money that some of it is for. Take trips and make memories with that type of money.


A clerk at a store where I buy tickets told me someone who bought a winning ticket gave her a greeting card with 2 $100 bills in it.

I thought it was a nice thing to do.

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