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Fort Smith man wins big on scratch-off ticket

The man scratched the ticket at the store but wasn't convinced he won until he claimed the prize.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Chris Folks of Fort Smith had a life-changing trip to the E-Z Mart off 8401 Highway 271 South on Tuesday.

Folks bought a $20 200x The Money scratch-off ticket, scratched it while still in the store and won $500,000.

He said he wasn't convinced he had really won half a million dollars until he claimed the prize on Wednesday at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Claim Center.

"I couldn't believe it," Folks said.

Folks, who is married with two children, said he plans to buy a house with the winnings. He said he plays scratch-off tickets frequently and also likes the Natural State Jackpot and LOTTO games because they are exclusive to Arkansas.

The E-Z Mart will receive a $5,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

The LOTTO jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing is up to a whopping $902,000. The Natural State Jackpot for tonight’s drawing is $160,000.

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