After working years as a bus aid for autistic children, an 86-year-old Newark woman experienced good karma this fall when she won $30,000 in the Delaware Lottery’s October 19 HOT LOTTO drawing by matching 5 white balls. She purchased her winning ticket the same day as the drawing at the ShopRite in Chestnut Hill Plaza in Newark, Delaware.
The winner told Delaware Lottery officials that the timing of the big win couldn’t have been better. “I just picked up my new car on Saturday,” said the Newark resident, who claimed her prize the following Thursday. “Now I can pay it off and not have to worry about monthly payments.”
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, has been a regular Lottery player for about a decade and usually buys $5 worth of HOT LOTTO tickets each week when she does her grocery shopping. She discovered her $30,000 win one week after purchasing the ticket, when she decided to scan her old tickets during her shopping trip.
“I handed all my tickets to the clerk, and she quickly came out from behind the counter to show me that I had won $30,000,” said the mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. “I didn’t believe it and asked her to scan it again, which she did. After she double-checked the ticket and got the same result, I was in shock. I remember her asking me if I needed a chair until I caught my breath!”
Before this big win, the woman had a few successful HOT LOTTO tickets, including two $500 winners and a handful of wins ranging from $1 to $5. After discovering she had won $30,000, the woman immediately called her daughter, who lives with her, as well as her other children.
“Everyone was so excited for me. I still sometimes can’t believe it happened. I guess everyone gets lucky now and then. You just have to remember that you have to play to win!”
In addition to paying off her new car loan, the woman plans to spend her winnings on her great-grandchildren. She claimed her prize at Delaware Lottery Headquarters on October 27.