Robert Thibodaux Wins $1 Million When Lottery Cashier Sells Him Wrong Ticket

11/14/2011 11:46 am ET

Some mistakes are going to cost you -- big time.

But as luck would have have it, a cashier's error turned out to be best thing possible for a man buying lottery tickets in Louisiana.

Robert Thibodaux won $1 million, because the seller pulled a lever that charged him an extra two bucks to increase the potential prize money if he won the Powerball drawing, The Houma Courier reports.

Magic must have been in the air, because Thibodaux, 70, bought the winning ticket in the town of Thibodaux from a cashier with the same last name as him, but who's not related, UPI says.

If the clerk had sold Thibodaux what he asked for, he would have won a cool $200,000, according to a statement from the Louisiana Lottery Corporation.

Even that amount surpassed Thibodaux's imagination who learned that he had five matching numbers, but went to visit a relative in a nursing home before calculating his total prize.

“My son told me, ‘Daddy, you won $200,000…but you won it five times!” said Thibodaux in a statement. “I was like an engine at full steam!”

After deducting taxes from the jackpot, Thibodaux walked away from Louisiana's lottery headquarters $700,000 richer last Thursday, according to ABC News.

Thibodaux promised the cashier that he'd cut her a check as a reward for her serendipitous mistake when she rang up the ticket on Oct. 29.

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