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Man doubles down on winning lottery ticket – and collects another $10m

Rodney Meadows won $1,000 on a scratcher ticket at a Fast Mart in Modesto on 23 November and bought three more, one of which netted him his jackpot

Fortune favors the bold: Rodney Meadows with his lottery winnings. Photograph: California Lottery

Fortune favors the bold: Rodney Meadows with his lottery winnings. Photograph: California Lottery

Last modified on Fri 14 Jul 2017 21.24 BST

A California man had a double stroke of fortune last week when he won $1,000 on a lottery scratcher ticket, then bought another ticket and added several more zeros to his winnings.

On 23 November, Rodney Meadows was running errands when he stopped at a Fast Mart in Modesto, California, to buy a few $30 scratcher tickets, according to lottery officials.

He won $1,000 on the first ticket. Not bad.

He decided to “let it ride” and bought three more tickets – including one that won $10m, according to officials.

Shocked, Meadows had to double-check the double winning.

“First off, I could not believe it,” Meadows said told KCRA, a local NBC affiliate. “I had to ask the clerk at the store, and he said: ‘You better check it again at the machine.’”

It is rare for a person to win two prizes above $1,000 so quickly, Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Lottery, said.

The last time anyone won so much in the California lottery was in 2002, when Angelo and Maria Gallina won the jackpot twice on the same day. The couple won $126,000 in the Fantasy Five game and an hour later, won $17m in SuperLotto Plus.

The odds of winning the $10m prize is one in 3m, Traverso said.

Traverso said it is typical for people to buy more than one ticket after scratching off a winner, although the secondary purchases usually happen after someone wins a lower amount of money.

Meadows mainly plays scratcher tickets and buys four or five a week; he had previously won $1,000 on two tickets, according to lottery officials. He has not yet decided what he will do with the winnings.

The Fast Mart where Meadows bought the two winning tickets is known in the area for being hot, and was awarded the title of Lucky Retailer by the California state lottery in both 2014 and 2015.

Jesse Singh, a manager at the store, told the Guardian he sold a ticket in early November that won $25,000. He recalled three or four tickets in 2014 that won between $15,000 and $30,000.

“Every day someone wins at least $400 or $500,” Singh said.

On Wednesday morning, he said ticket buyers at his store had already won about $2,000 in total that day.

But Meadows’ $10m win was the biggest the store had seen, and the Fast Mart will receive a bonus of $50,000 for selling the lucky ticket. Singh said the money would go toward remodeling the store.

Rodney Meadows won $1,000 on a scratcher ticket at a Fast Mart in Modesto on 23 November and bought three more, one of which netted him his jackpot ]]>