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Customer tips bartender with Powerball ticket that turns into $50,000

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A bartender at Bleacher’s Bar in O’Fallon in Missouri gained’t quickly neglect a tip of a lifetime from one among her common prospects. The buyer gave her a Powerball ticket that ended up successful $50,000.

Taylor Russey, 33, mentioned that an everyday patron gave out Powerball tickets as a part of his tip on Oct. 18 for her good service that night at Bleacher’s Bar in O’Fallon.

“He does this every now and then, and when he does, he still tips regularly,” Russey mentioned of the beneficiant gentleman who has requested to stay nameless. “It’s just something nice he does for us.”

The bartender scanned the ticket on the bar’s lottery terminal the next day and was so stunned to see what got here up.

“It told me I couldn’t cash it, that I had to claim the prize at a lottery office because I won $50,000,” Russey mentioned. “I kind of stood there for a second, looked at the cook and then looked at the ticket before I started laughing and then I started crying.”

Russey mentioned she had no main plans for her windfall apart from getting obligatory dental work.

She doesn’t intend to purchase something extravagant or give up her job of just about three years, she mentioned.

“No, I’m not that kind of person,” Russey mentioned forward of her first shift on the bar because the huge win. “And this is not going to sustain me for the rest of my life. I still have to work.”

Russey’s co-workers aren’t jealous of her jackpot, which took a “kind of big hit” after taxes, she mentioned.

“Honestly, I haven’t had anybody say anything negative to me at all,” she mentioned. “Everybody’s been supportive and congratulating me. It’s become a very public news story.”

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Missouri Lottery mentioned Russey’s $50,000 ticket is the fortieth bought in Missouri, and the second bought in O’Fallon in 2019.

In addition, gamers in St. Charles County have gained greater than $47.9 million in Missouri Lottery prizes this final fiscal 12 months. That has paid retailers within the space greater than $4.9 million in commissions and bonuses. Missouri Lottery mentioned $9.2 million went to academic packages within the county.

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