Posted: Jan 1, 2013 6:12 PM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 news
Updated: Jan 1, 2013 9:35 PM
BILLINGS - Upon meeting Sam Polesky, he stood outside the Cono-Mart Superstore in Laurel on Main Street.
His face glowed.
His grin was that of a Cheshire cat.
He slowly took a few drags of his cigarette, watching the news car park.
"You're late," he said. "KULR8's already here... I'm the winner."
Immediately, you notice Polesky's hands are shaking a bit as he shifts his weight from side to side, standing outside the same Cono-Mart he visits on his way to work.
Well, maybe he'll visit now on his way to his new home after he quit his job on Tuesday.
Sam Polesky is a man of routine.
And he's also a man of perfect timing.
On Tuesday, November 17th, Polesky purchased three Montana Millionaire tickets, the winning one being the last one he bought.
He began 2013 like a regular day, making plans with his brother.
"Well I was going out to dinner with my brother...I'm not sure now," said Poleksy.
When he bought his tickets, he had a good feeling that his luck was going to take off.
"I knew I was going to win something. I had a feeling... Early this summer, my dad died and I prayed for him to help me out."
And no doubt did his father deliver.
When Polesky checked his tickets, the numbers 0-1-2-2-1-3 initiated a wild ride of emotions.
"I was so...I couldn't stop shaking and started crying a little this morning," said Polesky excitedly.
Last year, Polesky won $600 on a Mega Million ticket.
He admits, this win was a bit more exciting and a little unbelievable.
"I called all my family. Told them about it. They were in shock. They didn't believe me."
Why would they believe him? The man just won a million dollars on a 1 in 130,000 chance.
But as Polesky bounced around with excitement and (mostly) disbelief.
Polesky plans to take his trip to the state's capitol tomorrow to claim his prize.
Besides his first purchases of a Mountain Dew and a pack of cigarettes to calm his nerves, the new millionaire has some plans after quitting his job as a cook earlier Tuesday.
"My brother is kitchen manager, and I told him, 'I'm done with work, I quit.' He's like 'What?!' I'm like 'I won the million dollars!'" Polesky beamed.
"I think I'm going to come back with a new pickup... Take a trip to Hawaii, buy a house and take care of my family."
He says he doesn't mean to sound greedy but he'll play next year.
You know, "For the fun of it."