An errand for a friend turned into a $100,000 payday for a Marietta man on Tuesday.
Leroy Kuhn, 73, of Marietta, said he stopped at Peoples News on Putnam Street Tuesday to pick up a can of Skoal for a friend. While he was there, he decided to buy a $5 Ohio Lottery scratch-off ticket.
"I went out in the car and scratched it off and thought, 'Boy that's a mistake,'" Kuhn said.
As it turns out there was a mistake. Kuhn thought the Bingo Times 10 ticket was worth $10,000 - a payoff he said he would have been glad to take.
"I went back in the store to turn it in and figured out I forgot to scratch off the Times 10 area, which was 10, making it a $100,000 winner," he said.
Ohio State Lottery officials said the odds of winning the $100,000 top prize on the Bingo game is one in three million.
"My wife always says I'm lucky when it comes to these tickets, but I've never won anything like this," Kuhn said. "I usually win $5 or $10. I've hit $200 a few times, but that's the most I've ever won."
Kuhn said he retired a few years ago, but returned to his job as a maintenance worker at Selby General Hospital just a few months later.
"They money helped and I really like working up there," he said. "This (win) will pay off a lot of bills, but I still plan to work."
Kuhn said he and his wife will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year.
"I don't know what we're going to do for our anniversary yet, but I'm sure we'll probably do something," Kuhn said.
The couple has one son and two grandchildren who also live in Marietta and are likely to benefit from the stroke of luck, Kuhn said.
Kuhn's daughter-in-law, Charlene Kuhn, said she plays the lottery every now and then.
"My luck isn't very good," she said. "But I'll never forget seeing (Leroy) come in today smiling and saying 'You'll never guess how much I won today.'"
Employees at Peoples News referred all questions to their corporate offices. A message left there was not immediately returned.