Friday, August 14, 2009

Mini-Memoir: Lucky Guy

In 1993 I moved to New Hampshire from Vermont.  Then I needed to drive back to Vermont to close out some accounts and stuff  like that.  I stopped in the convenience store I'd always used and bought a lottery ticket and probably a pack of smokes.  I tucked the ticket in my wallet and drove back to New Hampshire.  After close to a year I realized I should check that ticket to see if it was a winner because they expire after a year.  My thought was, If I won two bucks I want that two bucks.  I drove over the border into Vermont to have it checked but they had changed all the lottery machines in the state and could not check a ticket as old as mine had become.  So I signed my name to the back of it and mailed it to the Lottery Headquarters in Barre, Vt.  A few days later the phone rang.  A man said, "Is this George Fitzgerald?"  I said I was.  "This is the Vermont Lottery calling.  Did you mail a ticket to us back on 10th?"  I said that, yes, I had.  He said, "You won a hundred thousand dollars."  I said I'd drive up in the morning to pick it up.  

7 comments:

  1. Wow! Congratulations! Are you gonna go all George Soros and fund bloggers now? lol...

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  2. "...when suddenly he realized that capital gains taxes were, in fact, waaay too high" :-)

    Congrats, man!

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  3. You are one lucky... Nice guy. Buy me a beer? JK

    Congratulations.

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  4. georgefitzgerald.blogspot.comAugust 15, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    It was a long time ago! But it felt good! It's time to win again!

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  5. Yeah, you need to win again Geo. Globe hopping can put a drain on resources - ha!

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  6. Hey Unc George!

    Thanks for sharing. It's a totally different version than was passed onto me and this clears it all up. I'll share that with you sometime. Love, Johnny

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  7. George, I was thinking of buying you a new tire for your bicycle, than came the reminder that you won BIG at the Lottery so I figured you can buy your own damn bicycle tire. Screw it! G

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