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July 30, 2018


A Gut Feeling Led to a $10,000 Big Win

(DOVER, Del.) — Andrew Dera has been playing the Delaware Lottery for five years at Shop & Stop on Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach. Dera said he enjoys playing a variety of Instant Games, POWERBALL® and MEGA MILLIONS®. “I play when I’m feeling lucky,” Dera said; and lucky for him, the $250 GRAND Instant Game ticket happened to catch his eye.

“I’ve never seen a $25 ticket before, so I thought, why not,” adding, “I had a gut feeling about this one.” Dera decided to purchase an entire book (24 tickets) of the $250 GRAND Instant Game. “When I told the cashier I wanted a book of tickets, he asked if I was sure…the look on his face was priceless.”

Dera returned home to scratch his tickets, and on the 11th one, Dera won big. “I scratched the doubler and saw $5,000 and hit the brakes. I had to do a double take. I still can’t believe it.”

When asked what he planned on doing with his winnings, Dera said he plans to pay off his work van. “It’ll make it [life] easier for a while.”

Mr. Dera claimed his prize at Lottery Headquarters on July 25, 2018.

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