We lost a lot - time, money, business opportunities, and more - while stuck in the gridlock. People had learned to make the most while waiting out for traffic to ease out. Some stop for a cold drink at a bar or a hot java in a coffee shop. Thomas Mainella stopped for something else. He bought six instant lottery tickets.
He scratched four tickets and thought that he lost again his dream of telling his girlfriend that he won the lottery. As he started scratching the fifth of the six tickets, the word "life" showed in the scratched area and right away, he knew that something big was forthcoming. As he continued scratching the ticket, he learned that he won a $5 million jackpot.
Mainella knew he could not tell his girlfriend the magic words. He chose the 20 year installment of $172,000. He also decided to marry his girlfriend and retire comfortably.