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Monday, November 4, 2013

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Sally Lunsford
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Word Spreads Fast - Humboldt Resident Wins $10,000 Lottery Prize

Humboldt is a small town, and word spreads fast. Paul Johnson said by the time he went a few blocks from Johnson's General store to the church soup supper last night, people had already heard the good news - Johnson had won a $10,000 lottery prize!

"I bought five of the $2 Holiday Sweater tickets yesterday afternoon," Johnson told Lottery officials. "I went to my man cave (the garage), got a beer and sat down in my easy chair to play the tickets."

Johnson said, unbelievably, the very first ticket he scratched was the big winner. "I took it outside in the sunlight to make sure I was seeing it right. Then I went into the house to tell my wife, who didn't believe me until she looked at the ticket herself."

The Johnsons, who have been married 14 years and have seven children and 13 grandchildren between them, say winning $10,000 is "wonderful, a blessing." Plus, Johnson said, he can mark one thing off his bucket list now.

"Winning a big lottery prize is something I've always wanted to do," he said. "And now I have."

"Winning money hasn't changed us, though," joked Jeanie Johnson. "I'm still doing dishes by hand and we're still eating leftovers."

Johnson is self-employed and does fence building and pasture clearing. His wife is a retired military nurse who served in Desert Storm.  As for what they're going to do with the prize, Johnson said his wife has been saving her egg money (the couple raises chickens) for new carpet, but had only saved about $300 so far.

"We're going to get new carpet with the prize money, plus two "big man" recliners for the living room so the grandkids have room to climb up in the chairs with us," they agreed.

Paul Johnson purchased his lucky $2 Holiday Sweater ticket at Johnson's General 24, located at 218 N. 9th St. in Humboldt, where he returned last night to tell them the good news.


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