A couple on a fishing trip in Arkansas hooked the "big one" twice, after they both bought winning lottery tickets.
The couple, Stephen and Terri Weaver from Stuttgart, bought one of the two lottery tickets on the way to Greers Ferry Lake last weekend, while the other winning ticket was bought on the couple's way home.
State lottery officials revealed that both prizes of $1 million and $50,000 were claimed on Monday. They also revealed that both tickets were purchased at T-Ricks convenience store in Pangburn.
Stephen Weaver bought a $1 Million Riches scratch-off ticket and won $1 million. After they were done fishing they stopped by the store again and Terri Weaver bought a Taxes Paid scratch-off ticket and won $50,000.
The pair was able to pick up their prize checks at the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's claim center in Little Rock. The couple told lottery officials that they were going to use the money to pay bills and to grow their nest egg for retirement.
The Weavers are lucky to live in Arkansas given the proposed lottery ban currently being discussed in North Carolina.
A welfare lottery ban is being proposed by lawmakers in North Carolina. The proposed ban seeks to prohibit people receiving welfare, as well as people in bankruptcy, from playing in the lottery.
There are a reported 1.7 million people currently receiving food stamps in North Carolina, according to ABC News, and all would be banned from taking part in the state lottery if the proposals are given the go-ahead.
Rep. Paul Stam has said, "We're giving them welfare to help them live, and yet by selling them a ticket, we're taking away their money that is there to provide them the barest of necessities," according to the News Record.
The ban has been touted for months by some lawmakers, but those opposed to the proposed measure say that it would be nearly impossible to enforce and that it would put an undue burden on lottery vendors.