DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – He wasn’t the big winner, but a Dallas man walked off with a cool million dollars in Tuesday night’s multi-state Mega Millions jackpot.
The lucky winner, James Emerson, bought his ticket at an Oak Cliff gasoline station where he worked for nine years, and just retired from a few months ago.
People at the store say Emerson plays the lottery pretty well, and last night it paid off to the tune of a million dollars.
Teal Johnson says James Emerson was already on a roll from playing scratch offs. He’d won $200 and in the best Las Vegas style, went all in. “And I told him about the Mega Millions that $330 Million so he was like, ‘get ’em all, spend the whole $200 on it.’”
He picked all five numbers, but not the Mega Ball; good for $250,000. But he’d made an additional wager on his five numbers with the Megaplier, and that quadrupled his winnings. But he didn’t know it when he came to the store today.
“We Ran his ticket through and it said check with the lottery commission, so he got a little nervous,” says Johnson.
“And then I told him I knew we had sold a 5-out-of-5 ticket, and I said, ‘It could be you’” says storeowner Glenna Boschert. “He sat down and started going through the numbers and we all crowded around him and, ‘Bingo!’ It happened! It was so exciting!”
Emerson has gone to Austin to claim his winnings. Boschert says her store is one of the top 20 lottery sales locations in Texas. Fellow gamblers like Billie Lewis, who won $40 yesterday, say somewhat enviously that Emerson deserves his good fortune.
“I had said I was going to stop buying so many tickets, my New Year’s resolution was supposed to be that, but I guess I’m hooked.”