Monday, November 4, 2013
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Word Spreads Fast - Humboldt Resident Wins $10,000 Lottery
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
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
"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