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Kentucky man picked up a penny for luck, then bought a lottery ticket worth millions

David Jordan, 54, of Quincy in Lewis County, won the top prize of the Kentucky Lottery’s Lucky for Life game. Instead of receiving $1,000 a day for life, he chose to receive a lump-sum cash payment of $5.7 million, before taxes.
David Jordan, 54, of Quincy in Lewis County, won the top prize of the Kentucky Lottery’s Lucky for Life game. Instead of receiving $1,000 a day for life, he chose to receive a lump-sum cash payment of $5.7 million, before taxes. Kentucky Lottery

Finding a penny sitting heads-up on the ground gave David Jordan more luck than he ever could have realized.

After picking up that penny Thursday, hoping it would bring him luck, he bought a $2 Lucky for Life ticket from the Kentucky Lottery. That ticket made him a multimillionaire.

Jordan, 54, of Quincy in Lewis County, bought his winning ticket at Super Quick in nearby Garrison, a small town in northeastern Kentucky. His winning numbers of 37-36-31-17-12, with a Lucky Ball of 9, were called later that night, and he didn’t know until Friday morning, when he went to a different store to get his ticket checked.

“Cathy (the retailer) scanned it and said, ‘Oh my God, David, you’ve hit the big one.’ I was like, really? Really?’ I was in disbelief,” he told lottery officials.

The odds of hitting every number were 1 in 30,821,472.

Instead of taking the annuity payout, which would have awarded him $1,000 a day for life, Jordan opted for the cash prize. He will receive $5.7 million before taxes.

After realizing that he had the winning ticket, he asked his brother, Mark, to drive him to Louisville to claim his prize. When Mark declined, David’s offer of buying him a new tractor quickly changed his mind.

David Jordan works for Tram Construction and was supposed to work Friday, but his boss gave him the day off once he shared the good news.

The first thing he plans to do is buy his daughter a new house, and he said he’d also like to buy himself a new house.

The Super Quick where Jordan bought his ticket will receive $73,000.

This is Kentucky’s second winner in the Lucky for Life game, with a winning ticket also sold in May in Powell County.

Mike Stunson: 859-231-1324, @mike_stunson

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