UPDATED: Thomaston man wins $500K jackpot at local store

By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 11, 2013

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.

 

 

The Lil' Mart used to be the Kalers Korner Store at the corner of Old County Road and Maverick Street. (Photo by: George Chappell)
(Photo by: George Chappell)
Comments (18)
Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jan 15, 2013 12:59

James, remember all that bad stuff I used to say about you?  I was just kidding.  I will be stopping in to see you at the store pretty soon.  My good friend.  CONGRATULATIONS JIM!!!  Now you can take a nap.

 



Posted by: Ann M. Flagg | Jan 14, 2013 21:25

Congrats Jim, glad to see someone that works hard and is a good hearted person win this. Enjoy and be well!



Posted by: Neala M Maloney | Jan 14, 2013 15:57

Congratulations to Jim! May it ease your stress a bit, and may winning let you do things that you might not have been able to before winning! So extremely happy for you and yours.

 



Posted by: Daniel M. Clough | Jan 14, 2013 11:00

I worked with Jim at Manset Marine for many years. Jim is one of the kindest, hardest working people I have had the pleasure of knowing and would he would help out anyone if needed. I can't think of a more deserving person!!!  Congratulations Jim!!!

Cathy Clough



Posted by: Kathy Rittall | Jan 14, 2013 09:12

Congrats Jim,  it is well deserved, he is a great guy!!  uncalled for comment below, stop judging, you dont know if it was his first ticket in a long time thinkng it cant hurt to try once... especially if he needed the money,



Posted by: andy p tyler | Jan 14, 2013 07:13

Congratulations Jungle Jim!



Posted by: TRACY M TAYLOR | Jan 13, 2013 12:05

JIM IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU...I AM YOUR GOOD LUCK CHARM..HOPE YOU GET YOUR HEAD ON STRAIGHT AND DO THE RIGHT THINGS BEFOR YOU  KNOW IT YOU WILL BE BROKE IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN...YOU WILL HAVE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES YOU NEVER HEARD ABOUT.....GOOD TIMES.



Posted by: Michelle Hannan | Jan 13, 2013 07:24

Congratulations.. Nice to see someone who is hard working and local win.



Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 13, 2013 06:41

Congrats to Jim.  It's nice to see some positive news on VS and great news at that!  Seems like Jim could use the money, as we all could but it is so nice and makes me happy to read that someone locally won some money off the lottery.



Posted by: Daniel M. Clough | Jan 12, 2013 17:44

Just because you spend 20 bucks on a scratch ticket doesn't mean you're well off. I've known Jim a long time and he deserves it more than most.



Posted by: Beatrice M Marshall | Jan 12, 2013 16:26

"money came just in time"???   Things can't be to bad if you can $20.00 on a lottery ticket



Posted by: johanna stadler | Jan 12, 2013 14:34

get your hand firmly on your wallet buddy cause you are about to have a boat load of new friends.



Posted by: russell g york | Jan 12, 2013 10:17

so nice to see someone win who can use it



Posted by: Dena S Davis | Jan 12, 2013 07:22

Congratulations!



Posted by: Beverly St. Clair | Jan 12, 2013 07:09

Congratulations!!! How exciting...



Posted by: ananur forma | Jan 11, 2013 22:00

hoorah that someone here in Rockland won, and sounds like the timing was perfect!!! congratulations, that is sooooo wonderful, what we all dream about!



Posted by: Jennie Demmons | Jan 11, 2013 21:24

Ok Jim, I just became your relative !!!  LOL  I couldn't be any happier for you, you deserve it!!  



Posted by: Ed Glaser | Jan 11, 2013 14:21

Just in case anyone asks, it wasn't me.

 



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