NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) Tom Drake and wife, of Pennsylvania, have sold almost everything they own to buy state lottery tickets in hopes of winning big prize, $1 million. Odds are even longer now than when he began plan, but Drake may not be loser everyone thought he'd be.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Drake says he's won more than he put into lottery, counting winnings from state instant bingo game; says he's had over 50 offers to capitalize on story. [DRAKE - notes they've accepted TV-movie proposal from NBC and first-person story offer from "Good Housekeeping" mag.] Drake put all tickets in one drum for drawing today, meaning odds of his name being drawn for final competition are better. [MAN - announces Paul E. Berr is today's winner, notes this means Drake loses today, but that 1 pound of tickets will be taken from this drum to be held in reserve, so Drake has one more chance.] Drake says he's already winner, and that he's learned enough from this experience that he might play it again.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington
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