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Kevin Mars
Kevin Mars

SHIRLEY —  A simple trip into a convenience store to buy a bottle of water made Shirley resident Kevin Mars $1 million richer.

Mars, a 53-year-old electrician, stopped into a Ricker’s convenience store in Carmel last month where, in addition to his bottle of water, he purchased a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket.

He went back to his truck and scratched off the ticket and discovered the $1 million win.

“My adrenaline was flowing,” Mars said, according to a news release from the Hoosier Lottery. “I felt euphoric. I thought, ‘This can’t be happening.’”

Mars immediately signed the back of the ticket and claimed his prize Sept. 21 at the Hoosier Lottery’s headquarters in Indianapolis.

The Daily Reporter could not reach Mars for this story.

According to the news release, Mars plans to proceed cautiously and slowly and seek advice on what to do with his winnings. An electrician for 28 years, he said he doesn’t plan to quit working any time soon.

“Once we come down out of the clouds, we’ll figure out what we want to do,” he said. “We don’t want to jump into anything hastily. I’m sure my lifestyle isn’t going to change. I’m not going to allow it.”

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