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$1 Million Winning Scratch Off Lottery Ticket Sold by Indian American Store Owner


Darshana Patel’s Village Food Shop (Facebook photo)

DANVER, MS- An Indian American-owned store in Danvers, MS, sold a winning scratch-off lottery ticket to a customer June 5 who won a total of $1 million.

But this isn’t the first time that Darshana Patel’s Village Food Shop at 37 High Street has sold a winning ticket. Since 2012, her convenience store has sold four million dollar instant-win scratch tickets. In April 2019, she sold a customer a $30 “Fastest Road to $1 Million” instant winner.

Patel received $10,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The lucky customer, Ron Mead, a 50-year-old aircraft support mechanic landed at the store because of one wrong turn and decided to try his luck. He bought the last three “$2,000,000 $10 50X Cashword” scratch tickets in the book and scratched them in the store.

On June 8, Mead and Patel traveled to Lottery headquarters in Dorchester to claim his winnings, which he took as a $50,000-a-year annuity paid out over 20 years, said the report.

Patel, said the publication, has been operating the store – which “features a wall with 129 different scratch cards and a Lottery vending machine selling 24 kinds of tickets” – for about 30 years.

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