Cashier $1 Million Lottery Mistake

November 12, 2011 by staff 

Cashier $1 Million Lottery Mistake, Two dollars spent on a whim on a recent afternoon may have been the best investment Robert Thibodaux Sr. has ever made.

Thibodaux, a 70-year-old Thibodaux resident, won $1 million in the Oct. 29 Louisiana Lottery drawing thanks to a mistake made while he was buying his Lottery tickets.

“I was in the right place at the right time,” he said in an interview Thursday evening. “Somebody bought a ticket before me; somebody bought one after me.”

Thibodaux normally purchases $5 in tickets every Saturday: Two Lotto tickets, two Powerball tickets and one Easy 5 ticket.

For the drawing he won, the cashier at the Shop Rite off La. 308 accidentally added Power Play options to each of his Powerball tickets.

Instead of refusing the tickets, Thibodaux paid the extra $2 — a small amount that made a big difference.

His wife Brenda, who made a habit of checking the winning numbers every Sunday, was the first to realize he had won the money.

“I went to bed Saturday night, and I was a millionaire and didn’t know it,” he said.

Powerball players who add the $1 Power Play option to their ticket increase any non-jackpot prize up to five times. Match-5 winners, like Thibodaux, win $1 million instead of the usual $200,000, lottery officials said.

The winning numbers for the Oct. 29 Powerball drawing were 11-16-40-51-56, and the Powerball number was 38, lottery officials said.

Thibodaux and about a dozen family members drove to Baton Rouge on Thursday to claim the prize. Later, Thibodaux’s family ate dinner at Fremin’s to celebrate.

“Today was a fun day,” he said.

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