Saturday, March 29, 2008

It pays to listen

The feel good story of the week:

That voice inside her head? It gets $1 million bonus

A deli worker getting off duty purchased a scratch-off ticket. And then just one more.

A Jacksonville woman getting off work at the deli in a Westside Publix made a little dough of her own Thursday when she purchased a Lottery scratch-off ticket worth $1 million.

Linda McLaughlin told Lottery officials that she decided to buy a ticket in the $600 Million High Roller Scratch-Off game at the end of her shift at the Normandy Crossing Publix at 7749 Normandy Blvd.

Her first ticket, which cost $30, wasn't a winner.

But then "something told me to go buy one more," she told Lottery officials.

McLaughlin, 50, even came to the Lottery office in her Publix uniform to claim her prize. She received her winnings in a lump-sum payment of $708,794.50. The store will receive a bonus of $20,000 for selling the winning ticket.

"I'm just glad for her," said store manager Steve Hayes. "She's a sweetheart."

Then again, the voice in my head has never led me to a winning lottery ticket.

[VIMH: And you're no sweetheart, chief]

Or even a perfectly ripe avacado, for that matter.

[VIMH: ...]

H/T SlimGuy...thanks!

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