Usually chugging along in your vehicle to go out and buy a lottery ticket for the next big jackpot at the local shop can be, well a bit of a chore, especially if you still have to ride around looking for a parking spot. But for one lucky lotto player, Lady Luck smiled down on him from the very beginning.
Loren Schmalle from Santa Monica in LA in the USA, got lucky not once but twice on April the 29th when he went out to his favourite lottery retailer to buy a Powerball ticket.
His first bit a luck came when he found a perfect parking space directly in front of the retailer. The second, and in comparison, far greater stroke of luck, he also managed to match five of the main Powerball balls on his ticket that he purchased – winning a very cool $600,140!
Being a busy guy, Loren detests riding around wasting time searching for parking. It’s one of his pet hates but everything just worked out perfectly for Loren, making sure that nothing stood in his way to get the winning Powerball ticket that day.
Loren said: "If there's a good parking spot in front of my favourite Lottery retailer, I'll stop and buy a ticket, if not, I'll just keep driving."
Thankfully he didn’t drive past on the 29 April, with a spot tempting the future winner in, he pulled up in front of the L&K Market in East Main Street in Santa Monica, unaware that his every movement on this lucky day would be talked about in depth.
The winning Powerball numbers for this draw were: 26 – 01 – 38 – 34 - 51 with the Powerball 06.
The first time Loren thought that he could have won, was when he heard a local news website announce that a $1m winning Powerball ticket had been sold at the L&K Market. He instantly had "a good feeling" about it.
Upon his return home to Santa Monica, he went to a different retailer and checked his Powerball ticket. It was then that Loren realized that his Powerball ticket was a big winner. Loren put back the winning Powerball ticket in his pocket and left the store. It was later when he was running an errand with his wife that he told her the good news.
Loren had to convince his wife that it was true, but it was only after she herself double checked the numbers on his ticket that she completely believed their amazing lotto luck.
Loren’s said, "When I saw the amount I won, a little shiver went up my spine and I wanted her to have that shiver too.”
After Loren spoilt the love of his life with an expensive designer handbag for Mother’s Day a few days later, she probably felt another one of those “shivers”.
As for the future…. Loren intends to "beef up" a summer holiday they had already planned and to make a hefty contribution to his children's college funds. Paying off some debts is also one of the main things on his spending agenda.
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