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June 19, 2006

It's Summer and the Delaware Lottery is Heating Up

Dover, DE -- The first few unofficial weeks of summer have produced four big instant winners with the Delaware Lottery. Within one week, two $20,000 jackpots and two $10,000 prizes have been awarded to lucky lottery players.

On June 7, a 60-year-old Newark, Del. resident won the $20,000 grand prize for the $10 10-Times the Money instant win game. He purchased the winning ticket at Glasgow Farm in Newark. Retired and single, this lucky winner recently started playing the lottery for entertainment, but never dreamed it would pay off so big.

"I don't really have any big plans for it yet," he said. "I'll probably just put it in the bank and save it for a rainy day."

Then, on June 14, a 49-year-old woman from Milford scored another $20,000 grand prize jackpot from a $10 Red Hot Cash ticket purchased at the Chicken Man in Milford. The woman couldn't believe her luck when she realized she had won, initially thinking she had only won $20.

"I'm always pretty lucky," she said. "I saw that ticket in the counter and just thought it was good luck. I guess I was right."

She said that she plays for entertainment, but only when she gets a certain lucky feeling. Now that that lucky feeling came through in a big way, she just plans on having a little fun.

"I'll probably save most of it," she said. "But today, I'm just going to have some fun."

Two Pennsylvania women also claimed large prizes last week.

A winner from Shamokin hit it big when she claimed the grand prize for the $5 Delaware Riches game and won $10,000 on Friday June 9. A 75-year-old widow, she said she likes to buy a ticket each week, when shopping at Penn Mart Shopping Center in New Castle. She is looking into buying a new car with her prize.

Finally, Kathy Shaw, 45, of Honey Brook, Pa., claimed a $10,000 prize after playing Texas Hold 'Em Poker, a $5 ticket. The game card was purchased at the Tobacco Field in Wilmington. A mother of four grown children, Kathy heads to Delaware every couple weeks for the tax free shopping. On her most recent trip, she purchased four instant game tickets. Minutes later, she realized that one of those tickets was a big winner.

"We need a new roof, so the money couldn't have come at a better time," she added.

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.