2006 Press ReleasesMay 15, 2006
Long-Time Player Claims $71,100 Multi-Win Lotto Jackpot from May 3 Drawing
Dover, DE -- The winner of the
May 3 Multi-Win Lotto jackpot of $71,100 has come forward.
A 65-year-old retiree from Newark, who said he has been playing
the Delaware Lottery since its inception in 1975 claimed the
prize just days after the drawing.
The winning numbers were selected at Pencater Discount Liquors in Newark's Pencater Plaza just prior to the drawing that Wednesday.
"I may have been the last ticket before the drawing," the winner joked. "I know I got in right before the deadline. Maybe that made it lucky."
The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he plays several of the Delaware Lottery games for fun. He said he enjoys Powerball for it large jackpot opportunities, but also likes the Multi-Win Lotto because there are so many ways to win.
"I also have a four digit number I play every week, but it hasn't hit yet," he joked.
He didn't find out that he was the winner until he stopped back by the store Friday, May 5, while on his way to pick up some gasoline so he could cut his lawn. He saw the sign above the register that said a winner had been sold there.
"I just had a feeling when I saw that sign that I wasn't going to be cutting grass that day," he said. "Sure enough, when he checked my ticket all I could think was 'Are you kidding me?'"
He added that the unexpected prize came at a great time for he and his wife, as they have just made several home improvements and their winnings will cover all of them.
To check your potentially winning number, call the Delaware Lottery hotline at 1-800-338-6200.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the Delaware Gambling Helpline at 1-888-850-8888.
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $2.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, and assorted Instant Games.