Lottery winner not local, but still a good story

Date Published: 
Jan. 20, 2017

There’s always a sense of curiosity when someone hits a big lottery drawing — particularly when that winning ticket was purchased close to home.

Is it someone I know? Is it someone local? Is it someone who doesn’t need/deserve the money?

When we first heard that a $121.6 million winning ticket was bought at Selbyville Goose Creek, our hopes were that it would be someone local who won, and that a good bit of cash would start circulating through our local economy. This weekend we learned that it was a Pennsylvania couple that won it, but it’s hard not to be happy for them after receiving their quotes from Delaware Lottery officials.

“I figured it only takes one ticket to win,” said the man, who along with his wife decided to stay anonymous. “I went to the machine and scanned my ticket, and all these numbers came up. I have never seen that many zeroes in my life! Once reality set in, my first reaction was to cry. I walked out the store in tears and returned to my wife, who was waiting in the car for me.”

“He came to the car and had tears on his face,” said his wife. “I didn’t know what to think at first, but then he said anxiously, ‘We are millionaires!’ I was so confused I didn’t believe him and thought he was joking, so I made him double-check the numbers on his phone, and we got the same results.”

We’re happy for this couple, and wish them all the best — and hope they come back and visit us all at the beach.