Ed O'Neill's bank account just got a lot bigger, thanks to a co-worker who told him some "idiot" hasn't claimed an $800,000 Powerball lottery prize.
O'Neill, 58, who works for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, bought the ticket for a Jan. 6 Powerball drawing. He told Iowa Lottery staffers he didn't think to check the results until a couple days afterward when a chamber receptionist pointed out an article in the local newspaper.
She said, hey read this article about this idiot who didn't claim his ticket. So he read it and noticed where the ticket had been bought. Then he said...I think I won. Then he called his wife who thought he was joking and he was interrupting Oprah. He said no I really won and hysteria insued.
They cashed it in on Monday after meeting with an accountant. After taxes they get about $560,000.
You sure are one lucky idiot. Make sure you tip your friend who was reading the paper. Hopefully they live happily ever after.