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Man wins lottery two days after divorce from cheating wife finalized

Jul 26, 2004, 8:49 am

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Until last Saturday, 2004 had been the worst year of Randy Fletchers life.

On a cold mid-January day, the 29 year old Brownstown resident took a half-day off of work due to a severe case of diarrhea, only to find his wife of four years, Tara, in bed with a neighbor.

Two months later, he wrecked his mint-condition 1956 Chevy that he had spent three years carefully restoring when a deer ran out in front of him.

May brought even more heartache; Fletchers 12 year-old German Shepherd Molly was diagnosed with cancer and had to be put to sleep.

Fletcher, who works as a union electrician, felt that his life was cursed after losing his house and most of his life savings in the divorce proceedings that were finalized on July 15.

That is until July 17, when his life changed forever. Fletcher purchased five dollars worth of Hoosier Lottery computer picks for that nights drawing, like he had done every Wednesday and Saturday for the past several years.

When he checked his ticket numbers against those in the Sunday Indianapolis Star, he had to do a double takethe third row of numbers on his ticket matched those in the newspaper: 5-15-27-37-39-46!

Randy Fletcher had just won the $1 million jackpot.

I was in complete shock for several hours, said Fletcher, It took me several minutes to catch my breath. It was the most unbelievable and amazing feeling I have ever had, especially after all that had happened this year.

Fletcher says he plans to use the approximately $289,000 he will be taking home after accepting the cash option and paying federal, state, and local taxes to get back on his feet. I am going to buy a new house, probably get Harley, and a new puppy, probably another (German) Shepherd. Get a whole new fresh start on life. I also want to head to Cancun for a few days this winter.

The life of Randy Fletcher is a prime example of how every cloud has a silver lining. When asked what advice he has for anyone else whose life is in shambles, Fletcher advises, Just keep plugging away. Sooner or later things will look up. I am a prime example of that.

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6 comments. Last comment 16 years ago by CASH Only.
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United States
Member #3271
January 7, 2004
148 Posts
Posted: July 26, 2004, 9:32 am - IP Logged

Good for him - His ex didn't deserve a dime of it!

    whodeani's avatar - lightening

    United States
    Member #2484
    October 9, 2003
    212 Posts
    Posted: July 26, 2004, 11:47 am - IP Logged

    I think this guy needs a better divorce lawyer. His wife at the time was bopping around on him and she gets to keep the house. That is just wrong. But in the end she did get hers by losing out on a large sum of cash just after the divorce finalized.

      percygrinder's avatar - bob

      Member #4787
      May 24, 2004
      1742 Posts
      Posted: July 26, 2004, 12:14 pm - IP Logged

      Lol Lol LOL, I kn

        jeffrey's avatar - moon
        Hamilton, OH
        United States
        Member #4162
        March 27, 2004
        277 Posts
        Posted: July 26, 2004, 3:45 pm - IP Logged

        Revenge is a dish best served cold. In some countries he could have set her on fire. What a life. Screw around and win a house. Sounds like she is a prostitute. Hope she gets what she deserves in the end.

        Hope his next wife is nicer. Good for him.

          Mana's avatar - mana
          Virginia Beach
          United States
          Member #3375
          January 16, 2004
          93 Posts
          Posted: July 27, 2004, 10:00 am - IP Logged

          Mmm.. well though $289k ain't much for a lottery win, that's still plenty enough to get back on one's feet that one really needs.

          It's stories like this, despite lil jackpots, but the need that's backed to it... that I like.

          ... insert witty quote here ...

          ... My behavior and apperance betrays my age ... but I'm good enough ...
          besides, people in person would still be afraid to talk to meh, even if I had millions ^^;

            United States
            Member #379
            June 5, 2002
            11296 Posts
            Posted: August 12, 2004, 10:44 am - IP Logged

            Yes, she missed out on CASH.