A food inspector from Sullivan County, New York, received a $1 million lottery prize earlier this week and told lottery officials he almost never bought the scratch-off ticket that scooped him the win.
Monticello resident, Brian Peters, 32, got up and headed off to work as normal on Labor Day [September 1] and popped into a local Citgo gas station to pick up a breakfast sandwich. He also planned to buy a New York Lottery scratcher, but forgot about until he was about to leave the store.
Just as he was about to walk out the door, Peters suddenly remembered and told the clerk: "Let me have a New York Poker ticket, too. Now when I win big, I'm going to come back and let you know."
It was a few hours later that Peters discovered he'd purchased a winning ticket. He popped out to his car during his break and went to work on his ticket instead. When he saw the word "Jackpot" he was amazed.
"I didn't think I was a millionaire," he said. "I almost threw it out."
Peters didn't throw it though. He placed it in his car's glove box instead and went back to work.
New York Lottery officials met up with Peters on Wednesday, at the Citgo where he purchased the winning ticket, and presented him with an oversized $1million check.
When asked about his plans for the future, Peters said he intends to continue with his job, but has no idea what he will do with money.
"Some things change and some things stay the same," he said.