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Man wins $1 million when clerk hands him wrong lottery scratch ticket

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POSTED: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 7:04am

When a store clerk gave a Taunton, Massachusetts man a different kind of scratch-off lottery ticket than he asked for, he didn't make a big deal about the mistake.

That mistake won the man $1 million.

Richard Brown said he went into Gulf Taunton recently and asked for $5 "Blue Ice 7s" ticket, but the clerk accidentally handed him a "Sizzlin 7s" ticket instead.

"We were going to put up a banner. Sounds pretty cool to me, someone in Taunton actually winning $1 million," said Brian Salinas, the clerk who sold the winning scratch ticket. "My mistake is someone's treasure."

Brown selected the cash option on the prize and received a one-time lump sum payment of about $430,000 after taxes.

The store gets a $10,000 commission.

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