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Kal Patel's $1M Lottery Ticket Return to Owner His 'Good Deed' for Life

Kal Patel's $1M Lottery Ticket Return to Owner His 'Good Deed' for Life

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By    |   Friday, 08 June 2018 08:32 AM

Kal Patel returned a $1 million lottery ticket left at a Kansas convenience store to its owner three months ago, in what could be his "good deed" for life, the Salina Journal reported Thursday.

The ticket was purchased by a regular customer of the Pit Stop convenience store in Salina, Kansas, on March 18. Store clerk Andy Patel noticed that the ticket was left behind and verified its worth, the newspaper reported.

A surprised Patel saw that the left-behind ticket was worth a life-changing $1 million, the Salina Journal said. Faced with the morale dilemma, Andy Patel called the son of the store owners, Kal Patel (no relation) to find out what to do, the newspaper noted.

"(Andy Patel) said six zeroes were popping up on the screen," Kal Patel told the Salina Journal about the winning lottery ticket after it was checked out. "We couldn't believe it."

Kal Patel told the newspaper that the two knew who the customer was and he probably had no clue that he walked away from huge winning ticket. In short, their customer would have never known if they kept quiet about the find.

"But then you'd have to live through the guilt of that all your life," Kal Patel said to the Journal.

Kal Patel found the winner in Lincoln County, who decided to remain anonymous, after driving through his neighborhood twice until locating his car, the newspaper said.

"I showed them the ticket and told them they were winners," Kal Patel told the Journal, adding that they returned to the store with the him to run the numbers again. "They started shaking. They couldn’t believe it. All of them matched with winning numbers. And that's how they were millionaires."

The Kansas Lottery said in a statement in March that ticket was part of the Mega Millions drawing where the winner matched five of the big lottery numbers, 01-13-26-33-52, just missing the Megaball number 11.

"Doing the right thing when nobody is watching, that's integrity," said Dustin DeVaughn, of DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers who gave Kal Patel $1,200 from its Helping Hands fund for returning the ticket, according to KWCH-TV.

Kal Patel said he believed that was just the right thing to do.

"I felt really good," Kal Patel told KWCH-TV. "I believe in good karma, bad karma. That was one of the instances of good karma where good karma would come around at some point later in life."

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