For many truck drivers, it’s easy to feel down on your luck while clocking long hours and high miles. But every once in a while a trucker will win big. Barely any truck drivers get to win bigger. Until now.
Lady Luck has routed a Murray County truck driver to his second half-million dollar Georgia Lottery prize. Richard Chad Betterton of Chatsworth played the instant game Georgia Hold ˜Em and won a $500,000 top prize, his second big win since 2008.
Betterton, 26, won his first $500,000 prize playing another poker-style instant ticket.
I just like playing poker, Betterton said.
His luck with the game has paid off.
I bought a house, I paid off a couple of bills, I bought two cars for myself and my wife, and I went fishing, he said of his earlier winnings.
In addition to his prize, the lucky winner and his wife, Melissa, are expecting their first child later this month. A-1 Food Mart at 1317 Highway 76 in Chatsworth sold both of Betterton’s lucky tickets. It was the owner, Betterton said, who had a feeling that he’d win again.
My wife and I scratched the ticket in the car, he said. I thought she was going into labor.
With his latest win, Betterton intends to invest and retire when I’m 40.
To other players, I say ˜Good luck,’ he shared. Go in, buy a ticket and hope for the best.