Woodsboro convenience store sells scratch-off grand prize

Jessica  Rodrigo By Jessica Rodrigo

Aug. 15, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2014 at 10:36 p.m.

A convenience store owner in Woodsboro celebrated a milestone Friday when one of his customers won a grand prize from a $5 scratch-off ticket.

"I am really excited because someone won locally," said Ray Niehal, 34, owner of Haertigs.

He said his employee, Catrina Doughty, 27, of Woodsboro, sold one of their regular customers, who he said is a city employee, the winning Bonus Break The Bank ticket around 9:30 a.m. Friday.

After he stepped outside the store, Niehal said the customer came back into the store to show the clerk the money symbol and the $100,000 prize amount.

"He comes in every day and buys a ticket," Niehal said. "I am really happy for him."

He said it was the first time someone had won such a large prize. He bought the store in 2006 and has only celebrated smaller wins from his customers.

"I wish I could win that," Niehal said with a laugh.

Niehal's store will not be earning a commission for the winning ticket because the commission changed its rules and only awards stores that sell winning tickets with prizes totaling more than $1 million, he said.

"I would have split it with my employees," he said. "They do such a good job."

Niehal said he hopes to see more customers come into Haertigs, which is off the square in Woodsboro, and win big.

"I look forward to seeing who the next big winner is," Niehal said.

As of press time, the Advocate could not confirm the winner.



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