Jane Pittman said she never thought she would win this big. She had been buying about eight $5 Scratchers® tickets every other week and felt like she’d been lucky, but nothing prepared her for the sixth ticket she scratched on January 4.
It was on that ticket that Pittman said she saw she was a $250,000 top prize winner, thanks to the Lottery’s Strike It Rich! Scratchers game. Pittman walked into the Lottery’s East Bay District Office yesterday to claim her winnings.
Pittman told us she walked into her favorite retail location looking for Black Pearl Scratchers. Finding none, her attention was grabbed by the Strike It Rich! game. She purchased eight and then went home to scratch them off. Pittman told us it was number six that was the winner. “I didn’t believe what I was seeing,” she explained. “I had to call one of my grandkids in to help. My oldest said ‘grandma, that’s a lot of money.’” Before Pittman could truly believe she was a winner though, she had to run next door to get her neighbor and let him borrow her glasses so he too could confirm her big win.
Pittman has 13 grandchildren and takes care of many of them. So when asked how she planned to use her money, her answer was easy. “From now on, when I go to Safeway to do my shopping, I’m going to fill up two carts instead of one.” She also mentioned a trip to Disneyland with the kids.