Tennessee man says he'll swear off bologna after winning $1 million Kentucky Lottery prize

Jul 3, 2024, 6:52 am (18 comments)

Kentucky Lottery

Winner can return home debt-free thanks to prize money

By Kate Northrop

ADAIRVILLE, Ky. — A Tennessee man jokingly said he'd never eat bologna ever again if he won a million dollars in the lottery and won a $1 million prize immediately after saying it.

While he may have said it in jest, the fact of the matter is that it remains to be seen whether one Tennessee man sticks to his word after saying he'd swear off bologna if he won a million dollars in the lottery.

A Springfield, Tennessee resident named Jody, who requested his last name be kept private, said his father visited Adairville Market on South Main Street on June 8. While there, his father decided to buy a $20 "$1,000,000 Casino Nights" scratch-off ticket and play it in the store.

"I said [to the clerk], 'If I hit this million dollars, I ain't ever eating bologna again,'" the father recalled to the Kentucky Lottery.

The win that followed was nearly instant. Jody's father revealed three matching key symbols next to the top prize amount within just the first couple rows of the ticket.

"It kind of shocked me," he continued.

Jody received a call from his father immediately after he won.

"He went, 'You'll never believe what I just did,'" Jody said. "And, I said, 'What?' He said, 'We just won $1 million!' I was sitting there thinking, 'Yeah right, I don't believe you!'"

Jody's father drove to his son's home just to prove it in person. Sure enough, the pair made plans to visit Lottery headquarters in Louisville that Monday to claim it.

Winning the lottery, however, doesn't do the chores. Jody spent the rest of the weekend taking care of outstanding housework and got on the lawnmower to mow his yard.

When Jody and his father showed up on June 10 to claim the prize, Jody opted to receive it as a $700,000 lump sum cash option. The winnings will give them plenty of breathing room and will leave them debt-free. After taxes, Jody received a check for $504,000.

"Houses are paid off. Cars paid off, done," Jody concluded. "We will be bill-free probably next week. You become debt-free, and you don't have any bills."

The rest of the prize will be invested, Jody said.

Adairville Market receives a check for $7,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Jody and his father won the first $1 million top prize in the $20 "$1,000,000 Casino Nights" scratch-off game. Now, there are two more top prizes remaining, as well as ten second-tier prizes of $10,000 and 21 third-tier prizes of $5,000.

The odds of winning any prize in the game, which launched in May, are 1 in 2.74.

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Comments

Bleudog101

Alexa said it is just over 11 miles from Springfield, TN to Adairville, KY.  Got the Atlas out and neither far from I-65.  So they had to deal with miles and miles of orange barrels on 65 (tons here too), get off onto I64 W and immediately scoot to the right lane (it's a left entrance to 64) and get off on 3rd St and turn right onto Main St.  Maybe one day I'll get to take that journey, albeit straight shot from here on I 64.

Thanks for the feel good story.  If KLC puts this on FB like they usually do, I'll comment to tick off the haters that say all the winning tickets are sold in Louisville.

So glad the debts will be gone for them!!

 

Happy Fourth of July!

hearsetrax's avatarhearsetrax

billybucks

Plunking down 400.00 in cash to buy 20 tickets may be the way to go when you are going for the jugular. I do not see a lot of people doing that but it worked for him. Although someone that does that must have been buying tickets for some time now. Probably the reason for the bologna meal twice a week.

Artist77's avatarArtist77

Stay away from processed meats, soda pop, and alcohol and you will likely live a long life to spend that money.

Brock Lee's avatarBrock Lee

i would stop eating bologna for free. 🤢

sully16's avatarsully16

Congrats to the lucky guy, fine dining from here on out , 🥳

zephbe's avatarzephbe

Quote: Originally posted by billybucks on Jul 3, 2024

Plunking down 400.00 in cash to buy 20 tickets may be the way to go when you are going for the jugular. I do not see a lot of people doing that but it worked for him. Although someone that does that must have been buying tickets for some time now. Probably the reason for the bologna meal twice a week.

20 tickets for $400--??  did I miss that in the article??

BobP's avatarBobP

Quote: Originally posted by Brock Lee on Jul 3, 2024

i would stop eating bologna for free. 🤢

My Bologna

Ooh, my little hungry one, hungry one
Open up a package of My Bologna
Ooh, I think the toast is done, the toast is done
Top it with a little of My Bologna
Never gonna stop, eat it up
Such a tasty snack, I always eat too much
And throw up, but I'll soon be back
For my my my yi yi woo!
M-M-M-My Bologna
Spreadin' on the mustard now, a-show me how
Spread it on a little of this Bologna
Hopin' that we don't run out, don't run out
If we do, I'm sure that I'll miss bologna
Never gonna stop, eat it up
Such a tasty snack, I always eat too much
And throw up, but I'll soon be back
For my my my yi yi woo!
M-M-M-My Bologna
M-M-M-My Bologna, hey!
Goin' through the market now, market now
I'm the city's biggest bologna buyer
Walkin' down the shopping aisles, shopping aisles
Fillin' up my basket with Oscar Mayer
Never gonna stop, eat it up
Such a tasty snack, I always eat too much
And throw up, but I'll soon be back
For my my my yi yi woo!
M-M-M-M-M-M-M-
My, my, my, yi, yi, woo!
M-M-M-My Bologna
M-M-M-My Bologna
M-M-M-My Bologna
M-M-M-My Bologna!
Songwriters: Douglas Lars Fieger, Berton Averre. For non-commercial use only.
My lottery related wager is within three years he's back to eating Bologna with mayo and tomato.  Yum.

BobP
rcbbuckeye's avatarrcbbuckeye

Quote: Originally posted by zephbe on Jul 3, 2024

20 tickets for $400--??  did I miss that in the article??

Ole billy just made that up.

dickblow

🤣

billybucks

Quote: Originally posted by zephbe on Jul 3, 2024

20 tickets for $400--??  did I miss that in the article??

 Look at the left hand top corner on the picture of the ticket. 20.00 x 20 he bought and yes it doesn't say if he bought them all at once which seems a tad unusual or bought 3 or 4 at a time scratched them on that lottery stand counter and got in the way of people trying to fill out cards for nightly drawings and got frustrated with the first few losers and kept buying more like many do with smaller denomination tickets or maybe he was one of those that go out to their car and scratch them there and then come back in for more or to cash a small hit and redeem that for more tickets.

billybucks

Quote: Originally posted by rcbbuckeye on Jul 3, 2024

Ole billy just made that up.

 Really, you aren't that observant obviously. There is a clear picture showing the 20.00 price for that ticket in the upper left hand corner.

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Haven't had a Bologna sandwich in decades.....Good for him and Congrats on the win

CDanaT's avatarCDanaT

Quote: Originally posted by rcbbuckeye on Jul 3, 2024

Ole billy just made that up.

Yes RCB, you are correct once again.
"While there, his father decided to buy a $20 "$1,000,000 Casino Nights" scratch-off ticket and play it in the store." Last I knew  "a" referred to 1, not 10 or 14 or even 20.... But I could be mistaken on that.

Niecy506's avatarNiecy506

Congratulations to the gentleman. It is a shame that he had to buy a ticket in Kentucky just to win and he is from Tennessee.

adamc224

Quote: Originally posted by Niecy506 on Jul 4, 2024

Congratulations to the gentleman. It is a shame that he had to buy a ticket in Kentucky just to win and he is from Tennessee.

I was getting ready to say the same thing. TN tickets are certified trash lately. I asked the local lottery rep if the lottery was repainting losing tickets to save the lottery money... He didn't find it as amusing as the store clerk.

billybucks

Quote: Originally posted by CDanaT on Jul 4, 2024

Yes RCB, you are correct once again.
"While there, his father decided to buy a $20 "$1,000,000 Casino Nights" scratch-off ticket and play it in the store." Last I knew  "a" referred to 1, not 10 or 14 or even 20.... But I could be mistaken on that.

Yes, it was one. I am self imposing a ban on myself after that gaff.

Lotterologist's avatarLotterologist

Congratulations!

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