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Sudden rain leads man to $158,377 lottery jackpot

Sudden rain leads man to $158,377 lottery jackpot
A Virginia lottery winner said he might not have even bought a ticket if a sudden rainfall hadn't sent him into a nearby store. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery

Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A Virginia man said he was only trying to escape from the sudden rain when he scored a $158,377 lottery jackpot.

Garland Harrison of Petersburg told Virginia Lottery officials he was out walking recently when a sudden downpour left him scrambling for cover.

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Harrison said he ducked into the Produce Center store to escape the rain and decided to buy a Print 'n Play Rolling Jackpot ticket.

The man said he didn't realize until he arrived home later that the ticket was a $158,377 jackpot winner.

"It feels good to win," Harrison told officials when he claimed his prize.

The winner said he doesn't yet have any plans for his windfall.

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