|Scott Bennett's family|
(Scroll down for video) A man won millions of dollars by mistake, according to press reports.
The New Hampshire man, who was the lucky winner of a $2.1 million Megabucks lottery jackpot, said he did not intend to purchase that ticket.
Scott Bennett, 48, of Hillsborough, entered the Circle K convenience store and asked the clerk for one Tri-State Megabucks ticket and one lucky for life ticket. The employee mistakenly sold him two Tri-State Megabucks tickets.
He never ended up purchasing the lucky for life ticket, but that probably does not matter now, because one of the Megabucks tickets was a big winner.
In a press conference on Friday, the Bennett family minus Scott, who was at work, accepted the award.
Cathy Bennett, who is 47 years old and Scott's wife, said that she is very happy with the winnings. She described the experience as "surreal."
The Bennetts have three children. It was their son, Travis, 20, who set things in motion. He left a note that said that a winning ticket was sold in their neighborhood and urged his father to check the numbers on his tickets.
"I went downstairs, and he was sitting there with the ticket in one hand and the website of the New Hampshire Lottery on the computer, simply looking at the two," Cathy Bennett, remembering her
husband on the computer, said. "We must have reviewed the numbers about 15 times. We really couldn’t believe that we won."
When they found out they had won, they called a family meeting and ordered in Chinese food.
The Bennetts opted to take the lump sum payment of approximately $1.3 million, and will use it to pay off debt, remodel the kitchen of their newly acquired Victorian home and finance their children's college educations.