Nov 17, 2010 10:32 AM by Katie Durio
LAFAYETTE - Tommy Faul of Cankton got the birthday surprise of a lifetime, when he opened a greeting card containing a $100,000 top-prize winning World Champions New Orleans Saints scratch-off.
Faul, who was celebrating his 60th birthday, received the birthday card from his sister-in-law. After purchasing two $5 Louisiana Lottery scratch-off tickets, she scratched one ticket and saved the other for her brother-in-law's birthday card.
"It feels unbelievable to win," said Faul. "My wife kept saying 'this can't be true' so we had our son take it to the convenience store to be sure it was true and it was."
The employees at Butch's Food Mart & Deli on Main Street in Arnaudville were just as excited about selling the winning ticket since the store recently reopened.
"I work three jobs because my wife is disabled," shared Faul. "We plan to pay off her car and the house, and take care of my wife's sister, too."
World Champions New Orleans Saints is a $5 game that features the chance to win up to 15 times on each ticket. The game has one $100,000 top prize remaining as of today.
Players who do not win a cash prize on the World Champions New Orleans Saints scratch-off can enter their nonwinning tickets in the fourth and final second-chance drawing to win a Saints 2011 Season Prize Package, including four Plaza Sideline 2011 season tickets, a 2011 parking pass, four 2011 pregame field passes, a tour of the Saints Practice Facility and lunch with the Saints head coach for up to four people. The entry deadline will be announced once the game closes. Players are encouraged to visit the Lottery's website at www.louisianalottery.com for more information.
Players must be at least 21 years old to purchase a Lottery ticket. The Lottery encourages anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867 for help. For security purposes, the Lottery also suggests players sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.