Yesterday we had a family celebration at the beach. 8 large pizzas and ice cream cake to sing happy birthday to my husband, my son and my husbands brother. Fun fun. My husbands sister bought each of the birthday boys an instant lottery ticket. I got annoyed when they asked me how they knew if they won...I told them it is like every lottery ticket ever printed, 3 of a kind wins. They rubbed off the silver and got 3 pairs of doubles...no winners, and threw the tickets in the empty pizza box. As our aunt was cleaning up she decided to double check the tickets, and said, "Hey! Look! You won! $500! and it's doubled so it's $1000!" ( we have this crazy history of winning...a week long paid vacation to Williamsburg for 10, and a brand new Prius, so this was not completely unbelievable). She explained what we missed... get 3 like symbols OR 2 like symbols with 2 $$ signs and you win and the cash doubles. Everyone there looked at the lottery ticket. There were 2 $$ 500 matches. When she said it that way it seemed reasonable to assume he won. This will go down as best 19 year old birthday present in the family history, and everyone was excited, especially the college son! We decided to go to the supermarket where she bought it to get the money. When we got there customer service was closed. We asked the lone cashier to please page the manager. The manager crawls out from behind the door, looks at us and said, "yeah?" We said we want to see if this lottery ticket is a winner. He looks at us and says, "Well look at it." We said we did look at it and we think it is a winner. He said let me see...he looks and says it is not 3 of a kind. We explain the reason with the 2 $$ signs and he says, yeah, might be a winner, the Sunoco is open on the next block, they will be able to tell you. So we get back in the car and go to the Sunoco station. The cashier there has a machine where he scans the ticket. He scanned the ticket and says, "Not a winner." We thought he said "Winner." We said, "What do we do now?' he said, "I don't know, buy another lottery ticket."
...it was fun while it lasted!