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Elsmere Man Wins Lottery Same Day He Picks Up Wife's Remains

An Elsmere man lost his wife earlier this month and on the same day he picked up her remains, he won $200,000 in a Kentucky Lottery scratch-off game.

Bryan Marsh told lottery officials that he doesn't normally purchase $10 games, but on this particular date, he went for it at Good Spirits Wine & Tobacco in Erlanger.

After scratching off the ticket, Marsh didn’t see where he had matched any of his numbers. 

He went back into the store to cash in another ticket he had won on and asked the clerk to scan the Bluegrass Blowout ticket just to double check it. 

That’s when he was told the prize was more than the store could pay. 

“I didn’t even know how much I’d won. I hadn’t even scratched off the prize amounts,” Marsh said. 

He checked the ticket again when he saw $200,000 show up on the scanner. 

“I just started yelling, ‘It’s two-hundred thousand, it’s two-hundred thousand dollars!”

It turns out, on his ticket Marsh matched the number 27 to win the game’s $200,000 top prize. 

“I was amazed. That’s a lot of money,” Marsh told lottery officials. 

After taxes, the Kenton County man received a check for $142,000. 

“This money will help prepare for the future. It’s going to cover my wife’s funeral expenses and take away my debt,” he said. 

Marsh and his late wife have four children.

Marsh talked to lottery officials about how strange it was to have won this money right now and the sadness he felt to not have his wife here to experience it with him. 

Marsh went on to say, “The roller coaster of life has its ups and downs and I’m just holding on.” 

Good Spirits Wine & Tobacco will receive $2,000 for selling the winning ticket.

-Staff report

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