2016 Press Releases
April 14, 2016
Newark Native and Loyal Lottery Player Wins MULTI-WIN LOTTO’S Largest Jackpot to Date
(DOVER, DE) — A lucky 66-year-old woman from Newark, Delaware, won $288,005, the largest recorded jackpot prize for Delaware’s exclusive Lottery game, MULTI-WIN LOTTO. The previous record-high jackpot was $206,000, won in March 2011. The winner purchased two Quick Pick tickets—including the winning ticket—at Tobacco Time in Bear, Delaware, for the April 11 drawing.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has been playing MULTI-WIN LOTTO since the game’s start in 2005 and said this is her largest win to date.
The winner, a mother of two, told Lottery officials that her winning ticket was actually a mistake.
“I always purchase just one MULTI-WIN ticket the day before the drawing but mistakenly bought another MULTI-WIN ticket the day of the drawing,” she explained. “I stopped at Tobacco Time on Monday, the day of the drawing, and asked Joe [the store clerk] to give me a MULTI-WIN ticket and a scratch-off ticket. Joe knows my process for buying tickets and said to me, ‘You already bought a MULTI-WIN ticket yesterday. Are you sure you want to buy another one?’ And I said why not, just give it to me. Well, that was the best mistake I made, because that ticket ended up being my winning ticket!”
The winner recalls how she found out about her jackpot win. “I got up very early the next morning to check the winning numbers, and all of the numbers looked very familiar,” she said. “I called the Lottery to confirm the numbers and couldn’t believe that I won. It was such an awesome feeling. I told my sisters about the win, and they were ecstatic.”
“I then called Joe at Tobacco Time, whom I’ve known for about 10 years, to tell him I won, and he was so excited for me,” she said.
The winner claimed her prize (less 25 percent federal tax) at Lottery Headquarters on April 13, 2016. She says that she plans to put a majority of her winnings into the bank. The winner is also thinking about putting the money toward paying off her mortgage, redoing her kitchen and buying her sister a car.
“This has just been a great experience,” she said. “I’m so happy I’ve won, and I hope that my friends who play the Lottery have a chance to win as well.”
MULTI-WIN LOTTO tickets sell for $2 per game. Drawings are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:57 p.m. Players can play up to 7:30 p.m. on drawing days.
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Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 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®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, KENO®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.
Winner Privacy is our Policy.
The Delaware Lottery only publishes winner names with their consent.