GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Matthew Clark didn't realize he'd forgot to buy tortillas until he got home from the grocery store.
“My wife told me to go to Safeway and get them,” he said. “And of course, I got caught behind people with tons of stuff in their baskets. So, while I waited I bought a Scratch-it.”
Clark scratched the $20 Winter Ca$h in his truck before heading home.
The ticket had won a prize: $25,000 per year for 10 years.
“I started shaking,” he said. “I had to take a minute so I could drive home safely.”
The retired UPS driver doesn't normally buy Scratch-its, he said - only when he receives one as a stocking stuffer during the holidays.
Instead of a decade of annual prizes, Carlk and his wife Kateri decided to take a lump sum of $175,000. After taxes, the couple brought home $119,000.
Clark and his wife Kateri opted to take the lump sum payment of $175,000 instead of the $25,000 per year for 10 years. After taxes the couple took home $119,000.
“We are pretty simple people and we are going to be smart with the money,” Clark said. “We had a bunch of home remodeling planned, and this money will go toward that. I think the first thing we are going to do is a kitchen remodel, then we will invest some of the prize.”