James Lunsford, 65, of Jamestown, Kentucky, likes playing the state’s $20 $75 Million Cash Blowout scratch-off ticket. He stopped by the Lake Cumberland Corner Store in Jamestown, Kentucky, this past November and bought two of the tickets.
Neither were winning tickets but he noticed the ticket numbers were 11 and 12 and left the store. On Wednesday morning he returned to the store to buy another ticket when he saw that no one had bought a ticket off the roll.
It was ticket number 13, he said. Lucky 13.
Well, it sure did, for the Russell county man. He bought it and sat down at a table and began scratching off the ticket. I scratched off the number 38 and the prize amount underneath it was $50,000. I kept scratching and saw ten of them, he told lottery officials.
It’s hard to believe. I was just looking for a $100 winner but never expected this, James said.
James is one of 17 brothers and sisters. He drove to lottery headquarters in Louisville with two of his sisters, Dorothy Rose of Nicholasville and Kathy Rhineheimer. James split his winnings in half with Dorothy. Each received a check for $172,500 after taxes.
The Russell county man lives a very simple life. He has been a rock layer all of his life and when asked what he was going to buy with his winnings, he said a new mortar mixer, wheel barrel and cement.
Uh…a new car might be nice too, James.