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Scratching off a winner

Friday, August 17, 2007

Clay City resident Jackie Smith looks over his winnings at his residence. Smith won $500,000 off a scratch off ticket from Hoosier Lottery last month.
CLAY CITY -- Jackie Smith has played the lottery for quite a while.

But after what happened to him recently, he may take a break from it.

In July, Smith purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket from Beverage Place, 601 Main St., Clay City.

That ticket made Smith $500,000 richer.

"I couldn't believe it," Smith said Thursday. "I sat there and looked at the ticket for an hour and a half, but those zeros weren't moving."

Smith recently received his winnings from Hoosier Lottery. He purchased the ticket July 4 but didn't head to Indianapolis until Wednesday to pick up his earnings.

He is a retired railroad conductor.

Smith has lived in Clay City for nearly 20 years and just turned 62 last week.

He said he may not play the lottery again, but he's not sure.

"I might never," he said. "You never know. Never say never, but I haven't (played) since. I figured my luck had run out."

On Thursday, Smith said he wasn't sure how he would spend the money, but knows of one purchase he will make.

"I'll buy me a new truck, I'm sure of that," he said. "And I've got three sons. They'll get their share of it."

Officials with Beverage Place said Smith's winnings were the most the store has ever seen.

Hoosier Lottery officials told The Brazil Times Thursday that two other Clay County residents have won more than Smith.

In 1992, Bert Morlan won the Powerball jackpot, winning $6 million, and in 1999, Clem Lemay won $777,000 via scratch off ticket.

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