Press Releases

2021 Press Releases

April 19, 2021


Newark woman wins $45,000 playing CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

Dover, DE — A 51-year-old customer service representative from Newark recently purchased a $10 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS Instant Game ticket from her local Wawa #868 on Route 4 in Newark. The woman couldn’t believe what she saw after scratching the play area. She had become the game’s first $45,000 top prize winner.

“What an exciting win for this loyal Delaware Lottery player,” said Vernon Kirk, Director of the Delaware Lottery. “Another $45,000 top prize is still out there for this $10 price point ticket waiting to be claimed by another lucky player. The $1, $2 and $5 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS Instant Games also each have top prizes remaining, and we’re looking forward to continuing our 45th anniversary celebration with even more big wins.”

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she started playing the Lottery over 30 years ago. She usually purchases multiple Instant Game tickets at a time and likes to play later in the evening. The woman was thrilled when the single Instant Game ticket she selected during this particular visit turned out to be a $45,000 winner.

“I’ve won smaller prizes, plus $1,000 and $10,000 playing Instant Games in the past, but never this much. It was such a thrilling surprise,” said the woman. “I called my coworker right away to share the good news.”

When asked what she was planning to do with the winnings, the woman said she will put it towards paying some bills and helping her family.

The woman claimed her prize from Lottery Headquarters on April 15, 2021.

About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed $5.6 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®, LOTTO AMERICA®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, LUCKY FOR LIFE®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, Keno®, Sports Lottery and Instant Games, iGaming, Video Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at, 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.