A bartender won $50,000 off of a Powerball ticket, which she had received as a tip from a regular customer. (Photo: Getty Images)
A bartender in Missouri was surprised when she found that her bar had sold the winning $50,000 Powerball ticket — but then she checked a ticket she had received as a tip on Oct. 18, and realized she was the winner.
According to Taylor Russey, 33, a regular customer at her job at Bleacher’s Bar in O’Fallon, Miss., frequently purchases lottery tickets for fellow regulars, leaving them along with a cash tip for the employees.
“It’s just something nice he does for us,” Russey told the New York Post in an interview on Wednesday.
The patron, Russey stated, wishes to stay anonymous.
On March 19, the next day, Bleacher’s Bar’s Lottery terminal alerted employees that the winning $50,000 ticket was sold in the establishment.
“I was like, ‘Guys, who won all of this money and didn’t tell anybody?’” Russey, who has worked at the bar for about three years, told the Missouri Lottery.
Suddenly, she remembered the lotto ticket tip from the night before and scanned it in the bar’s lottery terminal. Russey’s ticket numbers matched four of the five white-colored-ball numbers, as well as the Powerball. The terminal directed her to claim her prize at a Lottery office because of its size.
“I kind of stood there for a second, looked at the cook and then looked at the ticket before I started laughing. And then I started crying,” Russey told The Post.
Russey doesn’t intend to do anything extravagant with the money, but rather will use it to get dental work done. She also has no intention to quit her job at Bleacher’s Bar.
“I’m not that kind of person,” Russey said. “And this is not going to sustain me for the rest of my life. I still have to work.”
A version of this story originally appeared here.
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