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School bus driver playing same lottery numbers for 20 years wins $2M

School bus driver playing same lottery numbers for 20 years wins $2M
A 73-year-old school bus driver in Florida won $2 million from a Powerball ticket purchased at a 7-Eleven in Vero Beach. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Playing the same lottery numbers for nearly 20 years finally paid off for a 73-year-old school bus driver who won $2 million.

James Dippold, 73, of Vero Beach, claimed the $2 million prize from the Powerball drawing held Aug 26, using a secured drop box at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, a statement said.

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Dippold said he has played the same numbers for nearly two decades, and now that it's worked, he plans to to retire and buy a muscle car that he has wanted since returning from Vietnam in the 1960s.

Dippold purchased the winning ticket from a 7-Eleven at 1400 State Road A1A in Vero Beach, according to a statement. The ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers, but did not match the Powerball number.

The 7-Eleven store will receive $5,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Powerball ticket.

Florida Lottery headquarters and district offices were closed at the time to help protect employees and players during the COVID-19 pandemic, so players were encouraged to use the secure drop box located at each district office or mail tickets to the headquarters or their nearest district office.

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On Monday, the Florida Lottery announced that beginning Tuesday, offices would reopen to the public in limited capacity for prized valued at $5,000 or more.

Appointments will be offered Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, with the first hour of each day, reserved for players 65 and older and those with serious underlying medical conditions.

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