"I thought the Internet was showing my numbers back to me," he said. "I thought, 'How does the computer know my numbers?'"
After a few minutes and confirmation from a friend who was with him, the fact that Kent had won started to sink in, he told lottery officials.
A sports fan, Kent went to a local bar to watch two of his favorite teams, the Houston Rockets and the Houston Astros, in an effort to calm his nerves.
Turns out Kent wasn't the only winner -- both the Rockets and Astros won. The Rockets' victory was the most significant, as Houston defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 to advance to the NBA's Western Conference finals.