Owensboro Man Wins $80,000 Scratch-Off Prize

A spur-of-the-moment decision paid off big for one Owensboro man after he won $80,000 on a Kentucky Lottery scratch-off.

Posted: May 25, 2021 8:20 AM
Updated: May 28, 2021 2:01 PM

Terry Pollard of Owensboro is $80,000 richer after purchasing a $5 Big Cash Riches scratch-off ticket recently at Franey’s #1 in Owensboro, the Kentucky Lottery shared Tuesday.

Kentucky Lottery says Pollard originally stopped at the store to check his Pick 3 and Pick 4 tickets. While the clerk was scanning his tickets, he bought one of the Big Cash Riches tickets out of the vending machine but didn’t win anything on it.

Terry holds his check outside the Kentucky Lottery headquarters in Louisville

Pollard walked out of the store empty-handed and got in his car when he decided to go back in. “Something told me to go back in,” Pollard told lottery officials.

That’s when in the spur-of-the-moment, he bought more of Big Cash Riches tickets.

“I looked back at the machine and noticed five tickets were left on the pack and I had $25 on me and thought 'why not,'” Pollard said.

He then realized he had won something.

“All I see is $80 and then I scratched off more zeroes,” he said. It turns out he had just won the game’s $80,000 top prize. “This is wild,” Pollard thought.

“It was crazy,” Pollard said. “I felt like this was the moment where opportunity meets preparation. I felt like this was another chance to do better.”

Pollard hopes to open his own full-service spa one day and said his lottery winnings will help with his goal.

Franey’s #1 will receive a bonus of $800 for selling the ticket.


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