Joshua Blevins, the assistant principal at Casey County High School, won $430,000 Tuesday night in the Kentucky Lottery Three-Line Lotto.
Blevins, 29, said that he had only played the three-line game three times. He picked up a list of winning numbers on Wednesday morning and drove over to help his father with some construction work, since the schools are on winter break. Then he stopped to compare his ticket with the winning numbers.
He realized that he was substantially wealthier.
Blevins told his father that he didn't think he could come in for work on Wednesday. Then he and his wife, Lindsay, went to the Dairy Mart in Liberty where he had bought the ticket. TV crews were already there.
While thrilled with the money — after taxes, $296,700 — Blevins, a former math teacher, said he and his wife "are going to try to put some money back and be practical."
They may take their 21/2-year-old daughter, Layla, to Disney World, or perhaps visit Yellowstone Park, he said.
The odds of winning the three-line game are one in 3.26 million. The prize starts at $100,000 and continues to grow until won. The last winner hit a $340,000 prize on Oct. 8.
"I'm going to keep my job," Blevins told his boss, Principal Barry Lee. "I love my job."
He said that his family planned to live "true to our values and within our means."