While stopping for gas usually isn’t a fun experience, it turned out to be a winning idea for one man. A Kentucky man said he won a $1 million lottery jackpot because he had to stop after running out of gas.
Michael Schlemmer told lottery officials that he just barely made it to the Convenient Food Mart in Corbin, Kentucky, after running low on fuel. “I ran out of gas, and I coasted in there,” Schlemmer said. “I had $40 bucks on me and bought $20 worth of gas and bought a ticket.”
Schlemmer selected a $20 $1,000,000 Luck scratch-off ticket that ended up being a $1 million top prize winner.
“I scratched it off and I looked at it and went back in the store. I showed the girls that sold it to me, and they about had a fit. The owners of the store were there, and they both started grinning,” the player recalled.
Schlemmer said he plans on using some of his winnings to buy a new vehicle and the rest will go into a savings account. “I told the dealership I’m waiting for a big check to come in and then I hit that,” he said.