“We’ve played Lottery together for years,” said the husband. “Sometimes I’ll buy tickets and she’ll scratch them, or the other way around. This time, I happened to buy the ticket and she scratched it off.”
“When I scratched the ticket and saw ‘$1,000,000’ I started squealing and jumping around,” said the wife. “The butterflies still haven’t gone away. It’s a great feeling!”
The pair of 50-year-old players, who chose to remain anonymous, visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim the big prize. They chose to receive their prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $634,000, rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With their winnings, they plan to pay bills and then invest the remainder.
Players have won more than $14 million playing Emerald 10’s, which launched in October 2019. Each $10 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. More than $31 million in prizes remain, including two top prizes of $1 million, 25 $10,000 prizes, and 89 $1,000 prizes.
Lottery instant games may be purchased at 10,500 retailers across the state.
In 2019, Lottery players won more than $1.2 billion playing instant games.