GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Graves County woman won her own pot of gold just in time for St. Patrick’s Day after playing a Kentucky Lottery Scratch-off ticket.
“That little leprechaun was lucky for me,” she told lottery officials.
The Symsonia woman won $50,000 after playing the $5 Go For The Green! ticket the week of March 6 from the Kentucky Tobacco Outlet in Paducah.
She matched the number 16 in the first row and continued to reveal a $10,000 prize. Once she finished scratching the ticket off, she had matched four more numbers, winning the game’s $50,000 top prize.
“I thought I won $10,000 at first but turned out it was $50,000,” she said. “I about fell over.”
She scanned the ticket to make sure it was real. “I couldn’t even look.”
“And to think this little $5 piece of cardboard paper is worth $50,000,” she said.
Lottery officials said she told them she was afraid to fall asleep that night fearing she would wake up and it would just be a dream.
After taxes, the woman walked away with $35,750. “This is life-changing,” she said.
She said she plans to put the winnings toward a down payment on a home and buy a car. Kentucky Tobacco Outlet will receive $500 for selling the winning ticket.