One Lucky Move Ended Up Making this Construction Worker a Millionaire

Remember when people were going bananas for that $1.5 billion Powerball lottery jackpot?

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It wasn’t that long ago. You remember.

People were having intense fantasies of sleeping on stacks of cash…

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And showing up to work the next day to tell their bosses:

Thousands of people waited in long lines for a chance at hitting the jackpot.

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Yes, even babies.

Jose Sarabia of Fort Stockton, Texas was one of those people.

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Sarabia has played the lottery for years and was excited about the $500 million Powerball jackpot drawing on January 6th. The construction worker, who works in Loving, New Mexico, went to his usual spot to buy a Powerball ticket: a local Chevron station.

Sarabia bought a ticket, but the clerk accidentally printed two tickets. The clerk tried to sell it to Sarabia’s friend, who declined. Sarabia promptly bought the extra ticket.

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A few days later, that extra ticket made Sarabia a millionaire.

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Sarabia’s ticket matched five out of six numbers from the January 6 drawing. He only missed the Powerball number – otherwise he would have won the full $500 million. Sarabia didn’t lament missing out on $498 million. He showed up to claim his prize with a huge smile. He says plans on paying off his house, donating to his church and helping his parents. And according to Sarabia, his friend was cool with Sarabia hitting the jackpot on a ticket: “He said… it was meant for me.”

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