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Cuero store sells $36.25 million winning Lotto ticket

By Sara Sneath
June 1, 2014 at 1:01 a.m.
Updated June 2, 2014 at 1:02 a.m.

The Stripes in Cuero where the winning Lotto ticket was sold.

A million-dollar question raced Sunday through Cuero.

Make that a $36.25 million question.

Someone yet to be identified bought the winning ticket in Saturday night's Texas Lotto drawing at a Stripes convenience store in the small town of about 7,000 people.

As word of the big winner spread quickly through Cuero, one question kept being asked: Who is this staggeringly lucky person whose life will never be the same?

Christina Sanders, the assistant manager at the Stripes, 111 E. Morgan Ave., listed on the Texas Lotto website as selling the winning ticket, confirmed that the ticket was sold there Friday or Saturday.

"But we don't know who it was," Sanders said.

No one had come forward Sunday, but one Cuero couple received what might have seemed like a million phone calls.

As the rumors spread Sunday, some speculation mentioned Carlos Gottschalt, 69, of Cuero.

"Our phone hasn't stopped ringing all day long. We didn't even buy a ticket, so I know it's not us," said Carlos' wife, Nancy Gottschalt, 64, of Cuero.

Carlos Gottschalt played the lottery and won $10,000 after taxes a few years ago. But this time, he didn't even have a ticket in the game, his wife said.

"People have said they saw it on Facebook, and I don't even get on Facebook, so I don't know," she said. "I wish I could say that it was me. But it is not us."

She said she wasn't sure where the rumor began, but when she and her husband wanted to take a nap Sunday afternoon, they had to turn off their phones.

"We've lived here all our lives, and we know everybody, and everybody knows us. So, it's been kind of crazy," she said. "I'm happy for whomever. I wish it were me."

Her husband took it all in stride, breaking the news to people that he's not the Lotto winner by saying, "I'm the poorest millionaire that you'll ever lay eyes on."

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