On a whim, U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg pulled into a gas station in Washington this week and bought $20 worth of Powerball tickets. As he was leaving, a clerk ran after him because he had left one of the tickets behind.
Gregg collected a check for $853,492 from the Powerball Lottery on Thursday.
According to his latest financial disclosure form, Gregg has between $1.5 million and $6.2 million in stocks and other major investments.
What will he do with the lottery money?
"Whatever my wife tells me what to do with it?" he joked, saying he would turn the winnings over to the Hugh Gregg Foundation, which supports New Hampshire charities and is named after Gregg's late father, a former governor of New Hampshire.
Even elected officials get lucky sometimes. I'm a bit envious...we don't even have a lottery out here in Hawaii. I could do some debt denting with $800k, that's for sure.
It was very kind of Sen. Gregg to donate the money, too. Hats off to him for his generousity!