'Numb' San Antonio lotto winner shows up at Thelma Food Store


by James Muñoz / KENS 5

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Posted on November 9, 2012 at 7:21 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 6:47 PM

SAN ANTONIO — Thelma Food Mart at 24945 Pleasanton Road sold the winning lotto ticket Wednesday afternoon. It was a Quick Pick sold at around 5 p.m.

On Thursday night, Stanley Smith made his usual visit to Thelma Food Mart for a Dr. Pepper and a few scratch-offs.

Everyone was talking about the winning Lotto Texas ticket for $32 million. That's when a store clerk urged Smith to return to his vehicle to check the Quick Pick he bought on Wednesday.

Smith realized he had the winning numbers and said he could only describe the initial feeling as "numbness."

"I'm ecstatic. Thank you all," the 56-year-old said. "Most of it will be put in trust funds or somewhere safe. I'm not going to change a whole lot, just enough to get by. Now I can buy anything I want."

Smith plans to pay off his bills and help his son-in-law, who has had a difficult time at work recently.

"This money will help a whole lot," Smith said.

Stanley has worked in machine maintenance for 34 years and said he'll show up to work for just a little while on Friday morning.

Stanley has two children and two grandchildren.