UPDATED: Thomaston man wins $500K jackpot at local store
Rockland — Employees at Lil' Mart at the corner of Old County Road and Maverick Street were doing a dance after learning one of their "regulars" had won $500,000 on a scratch-off ticket.
Jim Demmons of Thomaston, who often visits the store, bought the ticket the morning of Jan. 10, according to deli worker Lauren Moore. It was a $20 scratch ticket called "$500,000 Tax Free."
He later returned to the store saying he believed he had won the jackpot. The clerks said it looked like he did. They ran it through the machine and it instructed him to call the nearest Maine State Lottery claims office.
Demmons received the prize money Jan. 11 at the Maine State Lottery office in Augusta, according to Lottery Marketing Director Michael Boardman.
"It will come in very handy," said Demmons, who works at the Hannaford store in Rockland in the seafood department. "It came at just the right time."
Demmons said his car was "totaled" last week and he was looking for a new car, so the money helps. He also plans to use it to help out his family.
Demmons is originally from Rockland and has been working at Hannaford for eight years.
Boardman said Demmons was very excited to win the money.
"It's always exciting," he said. "It's often a life-changing experience."
Tracy Tailor Trackham was the clerk who sold him the ticket, according to Moore.
"It's awesome," Moore said. "We do a dance, the girls that were working. We're happy for our customers when they win."
Friday, Jan. 11, turned out to be a good payday for both Demmons and the store. Boardman explained the store will receive a 1 percent bonus ($5,000) for selling the winning ticket. There are four more top prizes available in the scratch game. These particular tickets have only been on sale for two weeks, Boardman said.