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With one scratch, Chattanooga trucker wins $2 million

David Partain discovered he'd hit the big one Sunday while stopping at a travel center in Soddy Daisy.
Credit: Tennessee Lottery

It's the scratch David Partain will remember for the rest of his life.

The Chattanooga trucker scratched off a Mega Millionaire Jumbo Bucks ticket Sunday while in the parking lot of a Soddy Daisy travel center and discovered he'd instantly won $2 million.

That'll make a quiet Sunday rowdy real quick.

Even better for Partain -- the winner was a freebie he'd gotten after winning $25 on a game earlier and using that $25 for another ticket, which turned out to give him another, free shot.

The 30-year-old third-generation trucker went numb, according to a release from the Tennessee Lottery.

He called his wife and uttered the words we'd all like to say: "I called her and said, 'I hit it." She thought I'd wrecked the truck."

According to the lottery, Partain’s ticket is the 309th ticket sold worth $1 million or more since the Lottery began on January 20, 2004. The lottery started in Tennessee to provide money for public education.

He told the lottery he was going to buy the wife a house, pay off the note on the truck and maybe buy a car for his teenage daughter.

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