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Blair County man wins $1M prize

Biddle bought lottery ticket at FeFi’s Grocery

Courtesy photo Ron Biddle and his wife, Deborah, pose for a photo Wednesday at Fefi’s Grocery, 300 E. Grant Ave., Altoona, where Ron was presented with a commemorative check for $1 million.

“I always knew I married a million-dollar man,” said Deborah Biddle after her husband, Ron, was presented a commemorative check marking his big lottery win.

Ron Biddle was the first of five $1 million winners in the Merry & Bright scratch-off game by the Pennsylvania Lottery.

The presentation Wednesday was made at Fefi’s Grocery, 300 E. Grant Ave., Altoona, where the Blair County resident purchased the winning ticket Nov. 25.

“I was at the counter scratching it and scanned it at the ticket checker. It read, congratulations, $1 million! I thought the machine malfunctioned so I scanned it again. The store clerk looks at me and says, ‘Ron, you OK?'” said the longtime lottery player, laughing.

Ron said he immediately called his sister to wake up his wife, who was sleeping after working 12 hours on a third shift.

“I said, you and Debbie get out of bed now! Get to Fefi’s!” Ron said.

“I immediately asked how much did he win?” said Deborah. “The pajamas came off and the clothes came on. I looked in the mirror, thought, ‘hair is OK.'”

Ron, a retired maintenance engineer, said when his wife walked in to the store, they remained calm and scanned the ticket again. Then they invited the store clerk to witness their biggest lottery prize yet.

“I was so happy for him!” said the store clerk, who sold Biddle his winning ticket.

Deborah and Ron recently celebrated their 33-year wedding anniversary. They said they plan to use some of the money to pay some bills and this prize will help Ron “enjoy retirement even more.”

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