Campbell Co. officer wins $200,000 lottery

Posted at 12:34 PM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 12:34:02-05

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- A trip to the bowling alley turned into the win of a lifetime for a Crestview Hills man.

Gregory Popham, 62, was just enjoying his time at the lanes at LaRu Bowling Alley in Highland Heights when he decided to take a chance on a lottery ticket on Monday.

Popham said he placed the ticket in his locked and figured he’d check it later in the week.

The alley’s owner, Glenn Schmidt, later called Popham to tell him that someone at the alley won.

“He knew I’d played Cash Ball and thought it could be me that had won,” Popham said.

The Northern Kentuckian said he never dreamed that he would ever actually win a lottery. After checking out the ticket on his lunch break, Popham realized he had the winning $200,000 numbers.

“When I read my numbers, reality set in and I did believe it them,” Popham said in a release. “I, then, began to get very sweaty.”

Popham serves as a Campbell County police officer. He is married with five children and two grandchildren. He said he picked the numbers by using the birthdays of all his kids.

Popham said he’ll use some of the money to take the family on a vacation. The rest will be used for retirement.