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Lottery Luck Pays Off Big

Richardson man cashes in on $2.5 million



    Lottery Luck Pays Off Big

    by Bruce Felps

    Thomas Wood of Richardson might was to head to Vegas.

    Then again, why risk it? He’s already up $2.5 million on the Texas Lottery.

    Wood recently popped nearly $3,000 worth of winnings from five scratch-off cards. Rather than letting it ride, he bought $20 worth of Solid Gold scratch-offs, recouped his investment, rolled the figurative dice again, broke even again, and bought a $500 Million Frenzy ticket.

    The gambling gods smiled on him. The last ticket turned out to be a $2.5 million bonanza, and that sound you just heard was my forehead hitting the desk.

    “Mr. Wood has certainly had an impressive run on winning tickets lately,” Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief said in the official press release.

    Good grief, ya think?

    Hold out hope, though, odds-buckers, another eight winning $500 Million Frenzy tickets — eight in all of Texas — worth $2.5 million each remain unclaimed. Then there are 31 more $1 million prizes still available in the same game, plus Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $86 million, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is an estimated $30 million, and the Lotto Texas jackpot is an estimated $8 million.

    Me? I’ll just buy one quick-pick for the Lotto, again. I’m not greedy. Just unlucky.

    Bruce Felps owns and operatesEast Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. A friend once told him that given a 50-50 chance he'd lose every time.

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