LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He had a winning lottery ticket but instead of getting cash, he got shot and robbed.

A Louisville man won a thousand dollars on a Kentucky lotto scratch off ticket. But when he tried to cash it in, someone was watching and not only took the ticket but almost took his life.

"He was just like, 'mom, I just hit it big, I hit the lottery for a thousand dollars.' And I am like wow," said Patricia Manning, mother of shooting victim.

Manning went from "wow" to "oh no" shortly after her son won $1,000 on a scratch off ticket.

"Then I heard some yells and then I heard the gunshot," Manning said.

Manning was on the phone with her son and said the gunshot she heard was a bullet going into his back.

"He shot twice and hit him once," explained Manning.

He survived, but had to get more than a dozen staples in his stomach where the bullet exited his body.

"He pulled the ticket out of his pocket and he throw (sic) it on the ground and said, 'you didn't have to shoot me,'" Manning said.

Last weekend, the 19-year-old bought his ticket at the Marathon Gas Station on Taylor Blvd in the south end. He knew right away it was a winner.

"He was kind of excited over here and somebody asked him, 'how much you win?' He said, 'I win one thousand dollars," Mehr Dad, the store owner, said.

Police believe the suspects -- who were also inside the gas station -- heard the conversation and then followed the victim when he left.

"He chased him down and didn't say, 'give me your money,' he said 'give me the ticket," said Det. Kevin Peak with LMPD's 4th Division.

Det. Peak said police have images of at least two suspects trying to cash in the ticket at other gas stations.

"We think that there was a group of people that were in on this, like I said, at least two and possibly three," said Peak.

"We're worth more than a thousand dollars," said Manning.

It all started with a win, but Manning said this is no game and wants help finding the suspects.

"If we don't stop the person that shot this young man, then who is going to stand up if it's your son, if it's your brother?" Manning said.

If you have any information about the suspects, you can call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.

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