A Missouri woman who started her new job as a store clerk last week sold herself a pair of lottery tickets, winning $500 and $1 million.
According to ABC News, Mary Jane Hart works each weekend at the Hartland Pit Stop in Doniphan, Mo.
The part-time cashier sold herself a Powerball ticket when she came into work Saturday. The jackpot had reached $600 million.
“I’ve always wanted to win a jackpot so that I could go to way more Nascar races than I go to, which is a lot,” she said.
She used the numbers of Nascar drivers to fill out her Powerball ticket, which she checked only after getting a call from work.
“Someone had called me and told me that there was a winning ticket sold at the store, so I went to the convenience store at Poplar Bluff and checked my ticket and it said I was a winner,” said Hart.
She matched every number but the Powerball, meaning she was now $1 million richer.
In addition to going to “a lot more” NASCAR races, Hart also plans to share her winnings with her children, specifically her son, David, who has severe disabilities stemming from a car accident when he was 17.
“Last week his Jeep wouldn’t run so I had to take him to get groceries and run errands,” Hart said. “I told him I plan on buying him a vehicle that will start every morning.”
“He started crying,” she said.
Hart says she also plans to use the money to take a Hawaiian vacation, “just as quick as my boss will let me take a week.”
Her coworkers at the convenience store couldn’t be happier.
“She’s a wonderful lady and a hard worker, so I’m glad to see it went to somebody deserving,” said cashier Sara Barfield.
Despite winning the jackpot, hart says she’ll keep working both of her jobs.
“He asked me if I might be quitting, and I said no,” said Hart.
She also plans to keep playing the lottery, just as she always has.
It’s nice to hear that the cashier who sold herself a $1 million ticket will have more than enough cash for her race passion and her family.