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Cashier's error nets man $1 million

Nov. 11, 2011 at 3:24 PM   |   Comments

THIBODAUX, La., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man won $1 million in the lottery due to a mistake made by a cashier with the same last name in a town with the same name and rewarded the woman.

Robert Thibodaux Sr., 70, said he told Jaime Thibodaux, a cashier at the Shop-Rite store in Thibodaux who is not related to him, that he would return to the store if the ticket she sold him was a winner, WGNO-TV, New Orleans, reported Friday.

Thibodaux said the cashier's error, selling him a power-play option, turned what would have been a $200,000 jackpot into a $1 million win.

Thibodaux said he returned to the store after collecting his money from Louisiana Lottery headquarters Thursday and wrote the cashier a check for an undisclosed amount.

"You made me a millionaire. That being said, I have a check for you," he told the woman.

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