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September 6, 2017


Sevens Prove Lucky For Dover Woman Playing The Delaware Lottery’s 7 Spot

(DOVER, Del.) — Rusty Rivas, a 35-year-old driver from Dover, Delaware, had an unusual Labor Day weekend. On Sunday she was at home with her husband, where she scratched her Lottery Instant Game tickets—not expecting to see three zeros appear on the ticket. Rivas, who started playing the Lottery about eight months ago, when her husband got her into the games, told Lottery officials that she likes to play because she is “always looking for that winner.” Now she can say that she found $15,000 playing the Delaware Lottery’s 7 Spot.

“I saw the number 5, and then I saw the comma,” said Rivas, who has two children. “We couldn’t believe it to be true. I immediately signed the back of the ticket and put it away until I was able to go to Lottery Headquarters.”

Rivas regularly plays KENO®, POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS® and Instant Games. When she wins, she usually puts the prize money toward new tickets for a chance of a bigger payout. The $15,000 is her largest win to date.

“I’m not sure what we’ll do with the winnings,” Rivas said, who purchased the winning ticket from Shore Stop #234 near Briar Park in Camden. “I have to talk to my husband about our plans, but right now we are enjoying this time since it’s all very new and exciting.”

Rivas claimed her prize at Lottery Headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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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