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Back to work for Huntington lottery winner

Paul Clark Paul Clark
Adeen Nagvi Adeen Nagvi
HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) -

By Holley Nees - email

HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - A Huntington man says the most he's ever won in the lottery is $14. That all changed when he bought the winning ticket at the Speed Mart in Huntington.

Paul Clark won $1.8 million in the Texas Two Step and now he's back to work.

"I was so excited and I touched that ticket two times.  One time I sold it and the second time when I checked it," said Adeen Nagvi, owner of the Speed Mart.

He just won the lottery, but this morning, Clark came in to work anyway.

"When I woke up, I looked in the mirror. I was still fat, I was still ugly. I decided I better keep on working and I've always enjoyed working too," said Clark.

He won the money for having the winning ticket, a suggestion from the gas station clerk was to try the Texas Two Step.

"I said, 'no I don't ever play that,' and as soon as he had said that I said, 'you know I'm not going to take a chance, but instead of two, give me five dollars worth.'  And that was the end of it," said Clark.

Until his girlfriend called to tell him someone from Huntington had won. He thought someone else already claimed the prize.

"And then they printed out the winning ticket numbers and they said you won the jackpot and it was just like lightning striking. You are just dumbfounded," said Clark.

And people are hoping that same lightning strikes here twice. Since Clark's big win, the store says customers have been coming in to buy their winning tickets.

"In my back of mind I just know this is the luckiest store in town," said Nagvi.

After Clark pays off his ranch, he'll keep driving his 2004 Chevy truck until it won't run anymore.  The winnings will pay for more important things.

"I'm going to pay for my kids to go to college. I already felt like I won the lottery. Before this Texas Two Step, both my kids happen to be valedictorians back-to-back of their graduating classes. I think it's probably the most important gift I could ever give them," said Clark.

And his advice to those hoping for their big break.

"You can't win unless you play, but if you play don't let it get control of you," said Clark.

He hit the jackpot without even trying.

"Just luck that's all it is, nothing else," said Clark.

The store owner is also eligible to receive a retailer bonus of $10,000 for selling the ticket that matched the numbers drawn.

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