The Kentucky Lottery has been busy paying out prizes to winners in western Kentucky.
Lottery officials say that between the end of March and mid-April, three Henderson residents and one Daviess County resident each won a $100,000 prize
On March 24, a player in Henderson was the first in the string of winners, cashing in a $30 "Fastest Road to $3 Million" ticket. Their ticket matched the number 29, making them a $100,000 winner. That ticket was purchased at Casey's General Store in Henderson.
Then, on April 2, another player from Henderson bought a $5 Gold Rush ticket at Thorntons #86 in Henderson, winning the game's top prize of $100,000. He told lottery officials that while waiting for his coffee, he decided to buy a ticket - and that when he asked for the ticket in dispenser #14, the clerk accidentally handed him a different ticket.
“It was totally random that I picked the Gold Rush ticket. I was dead set on that one,” he said. Lucky for him, he stuck to his guns as the ticket turned out to be a big winner.
On the very next day in Daviess County, another man scratched off a $30 Gold Rush ticket while getting gas at a Shell station in Whitesville and won $100,000. He revealed the coin symbol, which is an automatic win.
“As soon as I saw the auto symbol and started to scratch off the prize amount. I thought I’d won $100 but then I saw the comma and more zeroes,” he told lottery officials. “It really comes down to being at the right place at the right time. I’m debt-free except for my mortgage because of winning the lottery."
Last but not least, yet another Henderson player claimed a $100,000 prize on a “Fastest Road to $3 Million” Scratch-off. He purchased the ticket at Storey’s Sureway #525 in Henderson last week. He matched the number 51 on his ticket to win $100,000.
“It made me feel good to get most of my bills paid,” he said. He told lottery officials he’s looking for the $3 million winner and hopes to have to make another trip to Louisville.
Each retailer that sold a winning ticket will receive a $1,000 bonus.