LAMBERTVILLE, NJ (Hunterdon County) – A Hunterdon County farmer recently won big on a Gold Rush scratch-off ticket, according to New Jersey Lottery officials.
The Lambertville farmer, who was only identified as Robert F., is not usually a lottery player. But one day when he was with his friend who was buying lottery tickets at the 7-Eleven, located at 268 Raritan Plaza in Flemington, he decided to try his luck and purchase two $200,000 Gold Rush scratch-off tickets for himself.
Robert scratched off the tickets later that night at home and, to his surprise, realized one of them was an actual winner worth $200,000.
“In shock and disbelief, he kept checking the ticket over and over again just to be sure it really was a jackpot winner. He immediately told the few family members who were home at the time; but, knowing he was not a frequent lottery player, they didn’t believe he had checked the ticket correctly. Once they inspected the ticket and confirmed it was indeed a $200,000 winner, everyone was excited and happy for him,” lottery officials said in a news release.
When lottery officials asked about his plans for the winnings, Robert said he “hadn’t really thought about it, but will definitely buy some good Christmas presents and invest the rest for a rainy day. This win couldn’t have come at a better time because his farm had lost a lot of crops due to excessive rain.”