Accident helps Thibodaux man win $1 million in lottery drawing

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Posted on November 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 10 at 11:42 PM

Houma Courier

A 70-year-old Thibodaux man won $1 million in the Louisiana Lottery's Oct. 29 drawing.

“I went to bed a nutria and woke up a mink," said Robert Thibodaux Sr.in a statement released by the Lottery.

Thibodaux normally purchases $5 in tickets every Saturday: Two Lotto tickets, two Powerball tickets and one Easy 5 ticket. For the drawing he won, the cashier at the Shop Rite off La. 308 accidentally added Power Play options to each of his Powerball tickets. Instead of refusing the tickets, Thibodaux paid the extra $2 — a small amount that made a big difference.

His wife Brenda was the first to realize he had won the money.

Powerball players who add the $1 Power Play option to their ticket increase any non-jackpot prize up to five times. Match-5 winners, like Thibodaux, win $1 million instead of the usual $200,000. The winning numbers for the Oct. 29 Powerball drawing were 11-16-40-51-56 and the Powerball number was 38, Lottery officials said.

Brenda told the Lottery if she ever won she would “bulldoze her house and build a new one." Thibodaux, a commissioner on the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District, agreed a new home on the bayou would be in their future.

Thibodaux claimed the prize Thursday morning with about a dozen family members to celebrate his good fortune, Lottery officials said.

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