"I was upset," she told Georgia Lottery officials. "That wasn't the ticket that I meant to get."
Still, she had the ticket, so she scratched the ticket, from the "$300,000 Taxes Paid" game. She won $300,000 plus the taxes on the prize. Her annoyance turned to elation.
"I can't believe this," she told the lottery. "It still hasn't sunk in."
A mother of four and grandmother of 10, Ware will share her winnings with her family.
Chances of winning a prize off the $5 scratch ticket are high, 1 in 3.73, but only 9 players total will win the grand $300,000+ prize. Ware was the game's sixth winner; three winning tickets remain unclaimed or in circulation.
In other lottery news, a Florida man is on his way to visit his mom after winning $4 million in the Florida Lotto.
Johan Fourie, 62, of Hollywood, Fla., has been playing the same numbers for 12 years. On Sunday morning, he told his mother he'd visit her when he won the lottery. Then he checked his ticket. He won the lottery.
"I had no idea I would be calling her back later that day to tell her I was on my way!" he told Florida Lottery officials.
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