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Arkansas woman's accidental lottery purchase earns $1 million jackpot

Carrie Middlebrook of Bono, Ark., said a clerk's mistake at her local store led to her winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off ticket she hadn't intended to buy. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Carrie Middlebrook of Bono, Ark., said a clerk's mistake at her local store led to her winning a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off ticket she hadn't intended to buy. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- An Arkansas woman won a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket that she only bought due to a store clerk's error.

Carrie Middlebrook, of Bono, told Arkansas Scholarship Lottery officials she went to Jordan's Kwik Stop on Tuesday to buy an item her husband, Michael, had forgotten to pick up on his way home.

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While in the store, Middlebrook decided to buy some lottery tickets and asked for a $2 scratch-off ticket, two $10 tickets and a 5-Buck Bundle ticket. She also ended up with a $20 $1 Million Spectacular ticket accidentally when the clerk misheard her request.

The player scratched the $20 ticket off in her car and was stunned to reveal a $1 million top prize.

Middlebrook said she drove home and called her husband to come outside and meet her at the car.

"When I opened Carrie's car door, she was crying and shaking. I thought she had hit a deer," Michael Middlebrook recalled. "I looked at the ticket and couldn't believe it."

The Middlebrooks said they are planning to pay off their house and vehicles. They said a large chunk of the prize money will be put away for retirement.

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