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story.lead_photo.caption Anthony and Samantha Vaughn of Paragould

A $5 scratch-off ticket won a northeast Arkansas man $100,000 less than a week after a grass fire damaged his home and vehicles, state lottery officials said Thursday.

Anthony Vaughn bought the winning Multiplier Money ticket Wednesday at Jordan's Kwik Stop #22 on Kingshighway in Paragould, according to a news release.

The store clerk reportedly urged Vaughn, a Paragould resident, to buy one of the new instant tickets that had recently launched. Vaughn used the $5 he had left after paying for gas and immediately found that he'd won one of the game's $100,000 top prizes, the release stated.

Several Paragould residents were affected by a large grass fire Nov. 28, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported, including Vaughn, his wife, Samantha, and their three children. The family's home and three vehicles were damaged in the blaze, he told lottery officials.

Vaughn burned his arm going back into the house to rescue his dog, while his cats scattered and a chicken died in the fire, according to the release.

Vaughn said he plans to use his winnings to buy a new house in Greene County and to replace his wife's car as well as other things they lost in the fire.

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  • MaxCady
    December 7, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

    Once Uncle Sam gets a hold of that check you'll be lucky to have $60K.

  • Roper1944
    December 7, 2017 at 5:48 p.m.

    I get paid over $87 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I never thought I'd be able to do it but my best friend earns over 10k a month doing this and she convinced me to try. The potential with this is endless.

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  • Olivia5789
    December 7, 2017 at 9:59 p.m.

    I just started 6 weeks ago and I've gotten 2 check for a total of $2,200...this is the best decision I made in a long time! "Thank you for giving me this extraordinary opportunity to make extra money from home. This extra cash has changed my life in so many ways, thank you! This is what I do,....... w­w­w.Y­o­u­r­70­.c­o­m