Thursday, 09 May 2019 15:59

Man wins $1 million on scratch ticket

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SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) - It's hard to imagine walking into a Hannaford and walking out a millionaire but that's what happened to a Kennebunk man.

"That's something you dream of and can't believe it when you see it, but that's what I got," said Robert Stuart.


Stuart said he went to the Hannaford supermarket in Kennebunk to buy groceries but made a last-second decision to purchase a $25 scratcher.


"Sat there got the groceries in, started scratching off my ticket," Stuart said.


"And it said 'one mil.' That's when I really broke down and started shaking," he said.


Stuart is one of more than a dozen people to win $1 million off of a scratcher this decade, according to lottery officials.


He says that despite his big check, he has very few plans.


"Everybody wants to know what I'm going to do. I'm just going to stay the same," he said.


Stuart said some money will be invested, some will go to his kids and some will go toward fixing his mobile home.


"I have a guy who is coming out and doing some odds and ends on it that needs to be fixed and stuff," he said.


He also will continue working for a South Portland cement mixing company.


"I'll take time off but I ain't one to get done and not work. I have to keep going," he said.


And there are other things he won't stop doing -- like playing the lottery.


"I still buy. I don't buy quite as many right now but I'll buy them," he said.


After all, three other $1 million scratch tickets are out there, according to Maine lottery officials.


Stuart wishes everyone the best of luck.


"Just buy them and pray for the best. That's what I'm doing," he said.