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WEATHERFORD, Okla. -- One Oklahoma man had a brush so close with lightning, it missed him by inches.

The artist was driving to an arts festival in the metro when his truck lightning hit his truck.

"All of a sudden by Country Club Rd. the windshield went white," Lou Hamilton said.

First he saw the blinding lightning, then he heard the sound.

"And kaboom, and I mean it shook the truck," Hamilton said. "I looked down at the tachometer, and it was at 0."

At that point, Hamilton's truck was coasting down the interstate without power.

"As I pulled off I see my C.B. antenna fall off the truck, and I'm like 'I think it hit my truck,'" he said.

And it sure did.

"I got out, and the antenna was gone and the wire was smoking. That's when I started hyperventilating and thinking 'Wow,'" he said. "It scared me. It scared me."

Hamilton had his truck towed to a mechanic.

"He told me what happened and I said 'Oh, I'm sure it got the computers because we have seen it before,'" Mechanic Tim Stutzman said.

The lightning didn't really do much visible damage but it got what's under the hood.

"This is what my antenna was connected to and it's a little charred," Hamilton said.

This isn't Hamilton's first encounter with lightning.

Back in 1979 he was hit by lightning and it may even run in his family.

Another time, his wife was struck and so was his daughter.

"You learn to respect lightning," he said. "You think, 'It'll never happen to me' but it did."

He thought that one-in-a-million chance may work out in other ways, too, but no luck.

"My friends all told me, 'You got hit by lightning today. It's your lucky day. Go buy a lottery ticket.' So I did. First lottery ticket in my life. The next day I check the papers, I'm back to normal. I didn't win," Hamilton said.

Hamilton was not hurt,and as for his truck, the mechanic said it will be fixed and back on the road in a couple of days.