Middlesboro man wins $50,000

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022

George Vantuyle of Middlesboro, KY had a gut feeling when he recently stopped to purchase Kentucky Lottery Scratch-Off tickets.  That decision paid off big after he won $50,000 on the $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler Scratch-off.

Vantuyle stopped at Lee’s Food Mart in Middlesboro before a doctor’s appointment to buy a few tickets.

“I just had a gut feeling I should stop before my appointment.  I had an inkling to buy the ticket and it paid off,” Vantuyle told lottery officials.  “I walked in, there were two machines and I thought, ‘I think I’ll get it out of the second machine,’” he said.

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Vantuyle’s brother, who came with him to his appointment, scratched off the tickets for his brother after the appointment.  When he came across the $2,000,000 Diamond Dazzler ticket, he scratched it off and matched the winning number 22.  The prize located below  was $50,000.

“I think you’ve won $50,000,” his brother told him.  “I couldn’t believe it,” Vantuyle said.

The Bell County man drove to lottery headquarters in Louisville on Thursday where he walked away with a check for $35,500 after taxes.  He said he doesn’t have plans with the winnings other than putting it in the bank.

Lee’s Food Mart will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.