By now, those who read this post regularly know that I LOVE to write about soldiers and cops and fire and rescue personnel who win lotteries.
They don’t get paid nearly enough for what they do.
So I was thrilled to hear from a friend in Washington state who told me that a Vietnam veteran, Richard Parsons, won $250,000 playing Mega Millions. This was in late August.
The 65-year-old Lakewood, Washington, resident was so excited, he said he almost stood up and screamed in the store when he learned about his big win. “I was in one of those electric carts at the grocery store when I checked my numbers,”
Richard recalled. “I asked the cashier to tell me the winning numbers. She read them off, and I thought 1-2-3-4-5, and couldn’t believe I matched five of the six numbers! I asked the cashier to double check my numbers, and she called me to the side of the counter and whispered, ‘You won $250,000.'”
He added, “That’s when I wanted to jump out of my cart and scream but kept it quiet to be safe!” The first thing Richard did when he left the store was call his daughter, who lives in Virginia. “She was worried about me, and kept asking where I was, if I was with anyone and if I was safe,” he explained. “She’s been great about all of this.”
Richard appreciates his daughter’s help so much that he plans to share his winnings with her. “I just bought a 1966 Thunderbird that I’m going to drive to Virginia to give her. I’m also going to pay off her bills and give her $20,000,” he said.
When asked if he plans to use any of the money on himself Richard said, “I’m just going to live every day as they come. It will help with my quality of life, because I’ll eat better, and I’ll have it if I need it, but I’m not planning anything extravagant.” Awesome, man.