The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought the winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 505 North West Avenue in Jackson.
“I don’t play the Lottery often, but I had been having an unusually lucky day,” the player said. “I went to the eye doctor and they told me I didn’t need new contacts which saved me some money, then I helped my daughter with yard work and we finished in half the time that was expected. When I left my daughter’s, I left my cellphone on my car trunk and realized when I got about five miles down the road. I backtracked, and found it laying in the middle of the road unscathed. That’s when I decided I needed to buy a Lottery ticket.
“I stopped at a BP station I’d never been to before and told the clerk to give me a winning Cashword ticket. When I scratched it after dinner at my mom’s I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I wrote down the 10 words I matched and went over them several times to make sure I wasn’t crazy.”
The 60-year-old player visited Lottery headquarters Thursday to claim the big prize. The recently retired player plans to put the money toward a new home for her and her husband.
“Winning is awesome! We’ve worked so hard our whole lives, it feels like we finally got something we deserve,” the player said.
Players have won more than $11 million playing Bonus Cashword, which launched in December 2017. Each $3 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $3 up to $100,000. More than $16 million in prizes remain, including five $100,000 top prizes, and 136 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 11,000 retailers across the state.
In 2017, Lottery players won more than $960 million playing instant games.