Willie Nelson’s (no not the singer-songwriter), wife asked him to go to the shop to go buy some bacon. Little did they know that he would literally be bringing home the bacon - a staggering $110 million worth!
On Saturday the 1st August 2015, Willie’s wife of 38 years, asked her husband to go to the Choice Market to pick up some bacon.
“I love Choice Market because they have the thick slab bacon with the rind on it,” Willie Nelson said when explaining why he chose to go to that particular market to buy bacon. “I bought the bacon and then went back to my car and remembered I had an old Lottery ticket to check, so I got it and went back in.” It was not a winner. “So then, I went back to my car again, but something inside of me told me to buy another ticket so I went back in a third time and bought five Quick Picks for the Powerball draw that night.”
After going backwards and forwards at the market, Willie eventually got home, leaving the Powerball ticket in the car. After the draw, friends of Willie’s told him that the Choice Market announced that they had sold the winning Powerball ticket. They told Willie to double check his ticket. It was only on the 4th August that Willie finally did check the Powerball ticket that was still sitting in the car.
“I went to my car and got the ticket. I wrote down the numbers and they all matched, he said. “I fell on the floor and screamed!” Nelson had a friend with him and upon seeing Nelson’s reaction, he got worried and asked, “Are you having a heart attack?” To which Nelson replied, “No, I just won $110 million!”
The couple told lottery officials that they are excited at the prospect of spending some of their lottery winnings and get “on the road again” and visit Africa and Australia to name a few destinations.
Willie also said that he has his eye on a ‘47 Studebaker and with the Powerball win, he can now get one.
The Choice Market that sold the bacon that Willie so loves, will receive a retailer bonus of $550,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
There have been numerous other lottery winners that have become instant millionaires for running errands. John Rumper recently won $22.2m MegaBucks jackpot after going out to get some milk for his wife.
The winning numbers that brought home the bacon were: 07 – 13 – 24 – 49 - 57 and the Powerball 15.
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