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Tifton man wins $10 million on scratch ticket

This is a copy of the 10 million dollar ticket. (Source: WALB) This is a copy of the 10 million dollar ticket. (Source: WALB)
Heena Patel was the cashier. (Source: WALB) Heena Patel was the cashier. (Source: WALB)
Thousands play scratch tickets daily. (Source: WALB) Thousands play scratch tickets daily. (Source: WALB)
Anthony Hicks is a frequent customer. (Source: WALB) Anthony Hicks is a frequent customer. (Source: WALB)
Pam Keith bought several tickets Thursday. (Source: WALB) Pam Keith bought several tickets Thursday. (Source: WALB)
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

A Tifton man is now a millionaire and it's all because of a scratch-off ticket. 

He bought it at the 'Lil' Pantry Food Store' in Tifton, a store that's becoming well known as a lottery money winner. 

On Valentine's day two years ago, someone won one million dollars. 

Wednesday morning the winnings were even greater. 

Thousands of people do it daily. They buy a scratch ticket from a store and hope they'll win big. 

"We just give them and we say good luck to you," said cashier Heena Patel. 

In her 20 years working at the Lil' Pantry, Patel said she she hopes customers will win big, but never really anticipates it.

So when a man scratched his 30 dollar super max money card and it revealed a $10 million prize, she was speechless.

"I had never seen that big amount of money on a ticket," said Patel.

She said the Tifton man, who is a regular, couldn't believe it either. 

"When he came he didn't believe it was the right ticket and he said this is the right one? And I said yes that is the right ticket," said Patel.

Once word got out about the winning ticket, the store on Tift Avenue was buzzing. 

"I've bought several and I haven't bought 10 million yet, so I'm waiting on my day," said Pam Keith.

For some, they hoped their next time playing would be the next ticket. Anthony Hicks played a couple tickets Thursday.

"I'm going to get me another ticket," said Hicks. 

Finally he saw a prize. 

"Fifteen, it's better than nothing," Hicks sighed with relief.  

A couple of million dollars short, but Hicks was still happy.

Regardless of all the people who lost today, they said they're excited for yesterday's big winner. 

"Whoever it is, I hope it's a blessing to them," said Keith. 

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