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Grandpa will cover that college tuition now

Charlie Watson has always lived a simple life.

For the past 15 years he’s worked as a night stocker at a grocery store, always organizing the canned goods on rows of shelves and putting away a little portion of his paycheck each month to pay for the college tuition of his grandson.  He wants his grandson to have a better life than his own.

“I enjoy my job, because it’s simple,“ Watson says. “That’s why I do it.”

Recently, Watson checked the winning numbers at the South Capitol Shell in southeast Washington DC.  That’s where he stops daily to purchase a few lottery tickets.  This day, he found that his luck had changed.

“$250,000? Really? You guys are joking right?” Watson quizzed the clerks.  The ticket he purchased was worth the top prize amount. 

Watson has been playing the same numbers for years, and winning this amount of money really took him by surprise.

“At first, I thought that I only won $5,000,” he said.  “When I spoke to an employee at the Claim Center, she told me that I had won the top prize. I told her that she was joking.”

He really didn’t truly believe it until he received his check from the DC Lottery Commission. “I don’t have any big plans for myself,” Watson said. “But, my grandson is in college. We didn’t know how we were going to pay his tuition, but I guess that’s not hard to figure out now.”  

Sounds like a win for grandpa and grandson both.

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