Athens resident $75K richer

In this supplied photo, Rodney Linderman of Athens, Ont. picks up his $75,000 prize at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's Prize Center. Linderman won the top prize on a scratch ticket. (OLG via Newswatch Group)

ATHENS – This would put a smile on Clark Griswold’s face.

An Athens man has won $75,000 on a $3 instant scratch ticket he bought at Kitley Grocery and Service Center on Main Street in Toledo.

Rodney Linderman, a 45-year-old married father, said he wanted to pick up some tickets to get into the holiday spirit and snagged a National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation scratch ticket.

“This is absolutely surreal – a wonderful experience,” Linderman said when he picked up his prize.

He plans to pay some bills, put a roof on his house, donate to the local food bank and put some cash away for his kid’s education.

In this supplied photo, Rodney Linderman of Athens, Ont. picks up his $75,000 prize at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s Prize Center. Linderman won the top prize on a scratch ticket. (OLG via Newswatch Group)

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