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May 24, 2017


A Lunch Break Leads to $250,000 Win For Smyrna Native Playing the Delaware Lottery’s $250,000 Cash Instant Game

(DOVER, DE) — A 34-year-old woman from Smyrna, Delaware, experienced a rewarding lunch break on Monday, May 22. The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, scratched her $25 Instant Game ticket while on lunch break and, to her surprise, won a top prize in the Delaware Lottery’s $250,000 Cash Instant Game. The married woman purchased the winning ticket at Speedway on N. DuPont Highway in New Castle, Delaware.

“It was just like any other day when I scratched the ticket during my lunch break, until I realized I was a big winner” said the woman, who works in billing. “I called my husband repeatedly until he answered.”

The winner told Lottery officials that she previously won $5,000, but this is her largest win to date. She has been playing the Lottery on and off for about two years and doesn’t have a specific method or process for buying tickets.

“My husband didn’t believe me at first,” she said. “In addition to telling my husband, I shared the news with my parents, who were also very excited for me.”

The winner plans to use her prize money to pay off bills and, most importantly, spoil her children. While the money will provide a lot of relief, it’s not going to change her life drastically.

The woman claimed her $250,000 prize at Lottery Headquarters on Monday, May 22.

About the Delaware Lottery

Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.7 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, LUCKY FOR LIFE™, 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, at licensed locations and from the Lottery’s office in Dover.

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