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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Coudersport Man Is Million Dollar Lottery Winner

Coudersport man wins million in Rome

By Tim Zyla (Staff Writer)
Published: December 25, 2012
The Daily Review

Gary Collins: Pennsylvania resident, 23-year Army veteran, father, truck driver, and now millionaire.

The Coudersport, Pa. man recently received one of the best early Christmas presents he could ask for at an unlikely location, the Dandy Mini Mart in Rome. Collins won $1 million at the Dandy on Sunday at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Collins, who has been in the area working for Thomas Trucking for the last three years, said Sunday seemed like just a regular day.

He pulled into the Dandy that evening and decided to cash in a $20 winning scratch off lottery ticket that had been laying in his truck for about a month.

With the money he got, he purchased a $20 Platinum Millions scratch off and sat down inside the store to scratch it off. The rest, as they say, is history.

"The first thing I did was check it about four times ... I didn't believe it. Then I said 'Holy moly I actually won,' and some other choice words," Collins said of that night. He then "thanked the Lord" as it started to sink in that his life had changed.

Collins hasn't had time to decide exactly how he will spend the money, but he said some of it will be used to pay off his daughter's college bills. His daughter was in college for 8 years becoming a doctor and the bills were a point of financial difficulty, Collins said. Read more...

6 comments :

Anonymous said...

Good for him . If I was him I would hand carry that ticket to lottery office and not let it out of my sight.

Dee said...

God bless him, thank you for serving our country. Spend it wisely. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to him !!!! HAPPY SPENDING.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story and good for you for paying off your daughter's school loans. Many happy years to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I'm happy for this gentleman. Is he really from Coudersport. I know most people from Coudersport but do not know him. Can anyone say what connection he has to Coudersport.

Anonymous said...


A few months ago, my grandson won quite a sizable amount in the Pa. lottery. He hand carried his ticket to the correct office. Please be very careful.If you do send it in the mail, please be sure to have the envelope insured with a return receipt requested. Congratulations on your win. I am very happy for you.