A Florida man had made it a yearly practice to buy three lottery tickets at Christmas which he places on family members’ stockings; he apparently considers his dog part of the family because it had one of three stockings he filled. Bill Kelly’s pet is one lucky dog, because the $600,000,000 Gold Rush Scratch-Off game ticket in its stocking won $3 million.
Kelly says he had made it his yearly tradition to gift relatives with tickets, but the amount of the win surprised him. He later collected a one-time payment of $2,351,433.02. He had bought the tickets earlier at the Publix on Silver Star Road in Ocoee.
But if the ticket was given to the dog as a ‘gift’ , did the dog, and not Kelly, just win a lottery prize? Is it even legal for a pooch to claim a lottery prize?