Couple credits hungry cat for $1.2 million lottery jackpot

By Ben Hooper
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Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A British couple said they have their hungry cat to thank for their winning a $1.2 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

Andrew and Paula Hancock of Mansfield, England, said Andrew had to run out to a local gas station July 24 when they realized they had forgotten to pick up food for their 6-year-old cat, Shortcake.


While at the Esso Fuel Station in Ollerton, Andrew bought a Monopoly Millionaire scratch-off ticket and ended up scratching off a $1.2 million top prize.

The couple said Andrew was so excited to be a millionaire that he forgot Shortcake's food for a second time, but the lucky cat was treated to a dinner of ham to celebrate the family's good fortune.

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