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2019 Press Releases

July 23, 2019


Teacher celebrates summer vacation with big win

Dover, DE — Heather Hoffert, a 44-year-old teacher from Pennsylvania, was vacationing with her mother when they stopped into Smitty McGee’s in Selbyville. Before leaving, they saw a Delaware Lottery Instant Game display and her mother asked, “Are you feeling lucky?”

Ms. Hoffert decided she was feeling lucky and decided to purchase three Cinco 5 Spot Instant Game tickets before leaving the store. One of those tickets ended up being the game’s last top prizes of $15,000.

“I scratched the tickets when we returned to the car,” Hoffert said. “I couldn’t believe it. There was a lot of cheering between my mother and I.”

“What a great souvenir from her vacation in Delaware,” said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery. “Congratulations to Ms. Hoffert on her big win.”

When asked what she was planning to do with her winnings, Ms. Hoffert said she wants to make a few repairs around her home—and put the rest into savings.

Ms. Hoffert claimed her prize from Lottery Headquarters on July 15, 2019.

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