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TIP TURNS INTO BIG LOTTERY WIN FOR BARTENDER

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A Eustis, Fla., bartender got what might be a contender for the biggest gratuity in history, an unexpected $10,000 tip from a regular customer who usually gives her scratch-off lottery tickets. Bartender Tammy Bohmann, 24, was putting in her usual seven hours one day this week when customer Carl Hale sauntered in. She poured him the usual - a whiskey and coke. He left his usual tip: Florida Lottery tickets - this time four of them. But what happened next was most unusual. Bohmann said she scratched off the four tickets in between serving her regulars at the Boozgeois Saloon. One was a $2 winner, one was a free ticket and the other two were duds. Hale took the tickets and ran across the street to get three more $1 scratch-off cards with her winnings. The first was another free ticket and the second was worthless. But on the third ticket she hit the jackpot. "When I scratched it off, it had three $10,000s," Bohmann said. To win, the ticket must have the same dollar amount three times. "I was in shock," she said. Meanwhile, Hale, 56, has been grumbling about the whole affair. Bohmann gave him $500 of the $8,000 she received after taxes, but he thinks she should have given him more.