Thibodaux, La. (LOCAL 33/FOX 44) – Americo and Kathryn Simoncelli are starting the holiday season on a joyous note!
While out grocery shopping, Kathryn remembered that they had a $10 winning Louisiana Lottery ticket to cash in. The Thibodaux residents made a quick stop on their way home at Convenience King #5 and chose to buy a few more scratch-offs. One of them, was a $10 50X Payout ticket that they would soon discover was a $200,000 top-prize winner!
“I saw the ‘50X’ symbol, and thought we had won $50,” Kathryn explained during their trip to Lottery headquarters. The winner assumed the ’50 times’ multiplier would apply to a $1 prize, when in reality she would be multiplying 50 times $4,000!
“Then I scratched it all the way and had to hand it to my husband,” she continued.
“She couldn’t speak for about 10 minutes,” Americo recalled. The Simoncellis received $142,000 after state and federal tax withholdings.
One more top-prize winning ticket remains in the 50X Payout game, which went on sale September 23.
Lottery ticket purchasers must be at least 21 years of age. For security purposes, players are strongly encouraged to sign the back of their ticket immediately after purchasing. The Lottery also encourages anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867.
Information on current scratch-off games can be found on the Lottery’s website