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Moorestown Teen Wins $1 Million from Scratch-Off

A 19-year-old Moorestown High School grad stopped into the Chester Avenue 7-Eleven recently and walked out a millionaire, according to the store manager.

A 19-year-old from Moorestown had probably the luckiest day of his life recently after a scratch-off lottery ticket at 7-Eleven yielded a $1 million prize.

Brian Ulvii, manager at the Chester Avenue 7-Eleven, said the young man, a recent Moorestown High School graduate, came into the store around 11 p.m. a week or two ago with a couple friends and bought a single scratch-off.

When the ticket failed to produce, his friends urged him to buy a second, Ulvii said. Thankfully, he followed their advice.

The second scratch-off turned out to be a winner. Needless, to say, the young man and his friends were elated.

"They were dancing in the store," said Ulvii, describing the scene. "So God bless him, y'know."

Ulvii, who didn't know the lucky young man's name, said he comes into the store from time to time to buy a drink or some food, but is not an avid purchaser of lottery tickets.

According to Ulvii, it took a week or two for lottery officials to validate the ticket, but the teen finally got his winnings late last week. 

If the lucky winner or his family are out there and want to speak to Moorestown Patch, contact editor Rob Scott at rob.scott@patch.com or call 856-397-1148. We'd love to hear your story. (And you don't have to give us your name if you'd prefer to remain anonymous.)

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Rob Scott (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Poll watcher, It was not Brandon Pugh. I'd venture to guess that there are a lot of 19-year-old recent graduates of Moorestown High School. Probably a few hundred.
Townie October 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Odd combination of "facts" - a week or two ago.. - around 11.... - known history of lottery purchases (not avid purchaser).... But the one stated fact is the age? Now we come to find it's not Brandon Pugh? I'm guessing that Rob doesn't want to out the winner...but knows who it is.
Rob Scott (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Townie, I didn't know the winner when I published the story because the manager at 7-Eleven, my source, didn't know. I know the winner now, but you are correct—I'm not going to publish it until or unless the winner and his family are OK with it.
LaFaye Smith October 15, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Hats off to you!!!!! A reporter with a real human element!!!! The familky will probably give you the story!!!!!!!

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