Lucky Trucker

A Florida truck driver is $10,000 richer, thanks to TravelCenters of America and Shell Lubricants.

Elliot Lycette, 60, of Oak Hill, Fla., scratched off the winning game piece after stopping for an oil change at the T/A in Brunswick, Ga. The game pieces were given over a two-month period to drivers changing their oil with Shell Rotella T at any one of more than 150 T/A facilities.

Lycette, who says he uses Rotella T, decided to stop at the Brunswick T/A after going about 2,000 miles past his scheduled oil change. He even called ahead to make sure a bay would be open.

“I frequently stop at the Brunswick T/A,” says Lycette, who primarily hauls sugar on the East Coast. “When I arrived, there was a truck ahead of me just getting finished, and I went right into the bay.

“When I scratched off the ticket, I couldn’t believe it said that I had won $10,000. I actually remained pretty calm. But when I showed the ticket to two of the employees who were working at the desk, they both started screaming, and everybody in the place knew that I had won.”

Lycette says he’s going to use the money to pay off some bills, buy new tires for his pickup truck and try to find time for a camping trip and a visit to Disney World.