Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Tennessee man visiting North Carolina for the first time took home a $100,000 souvenir thanks to a clerk's mistake when he was buying lottery tickets.
Melvin Rose of Waynesboro told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he was in Hickory for a three-week painting and restoration job when he decided to buy some $5 scratch-off tickets at the Raceway off U.S. 321.
The cashier mistakenly handed Rose three $20 100X the Cash tickets, which he decided to buy despite having originally asked for $5 tickets.
Rose said the first ticket was a dud, the second won him $20 and the third was a $100,000 jackpot winner.
"You know," Rose said, "There's a reason she gave those to me. My luck's here in North Carolina."
"It's my first time in North Carolina too," he said
Rose said he already has some plans for the money.
"I'm taking my friends out to lunch, paying off some bills, and I've always wanted to take a cruise down to the Caribbean," he said.