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Mena Man Wins $200,000 from Arkansas Lottery from Father’s Day Gift

(MENA)  A Polk County man became $200,000 richer after his wife gave him money for lottery tickets on Father’s Day, lottery officials said Wednesday.

Lori Goodner of Mena (pictured at right) gave $20 to her husband, Dwight Goodner, telling him he should use the money to buy lottery tickets, according to a news release by Kara Lee Ford, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery spokeswoman.

Dwight purchased several tickets, including a $200,000 BONUS scratch-off from the Tobacco Superstore, 518 U.S. 71 in Mena, Ford said. According to officials, Dwight didn’t discover he won until he got home.

The couple told officials they plan to use the winnings, the last of three top prizes in the game, to pay bills and buy a new car.

“This year will be a Father’s Day the couple will never forget,” Ford said.

The Arkansas Lottery has provided more than $965 million for more than 542,307 scholarships to Arkansas students to 47 colleges, universities and technical schools in the state.

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