STUTTGART, Ark. (CBS HOUSTON) – An Arkansas couple on their way to a quiet day of fishing came back as millionaires – not because of what they caught, but because they won the lottery. Twice.
According to the Arkansas Lottery Commission, Stephen and Terri Weaver were on a fishing trip when they stopped to buy the first ticket at T-Ricks convenience store in Pangburn, about 60 miles northeast of Little Rock. Later, they stopped at the same store on their way home and purchased another ticket. Stephen, 54, bought five $1 Million Riches instant scratch-off tickets while his wife Terri, 55, bought four.
The first ticket turned out to be a $1 million winner and the second one netted the couple $50,000 more.
“I almost had a heart attack,” Stephen, who owns a plumbing company, told The Associated Press. “I had to have an aspirin.”
The Stuttgart, Ark., couple left on Friday for a weekend trip to a cabin near Greers Ferry Lake, over 100 miles away.
“We pick up a couple tickets on the weekend when we go to our cabin on the river,” said Terri, an office manager with a water company. “It’s a weekly thing. We just pick up a few here and a few there.”
The lottery commission told the AP that the Weavers claimed their reward on Monday and plan to use their winnings to pay bills and invest in their retirement.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission did not mention whether the couple caught any fish that day.
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