LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Lottery’s first $30 Scratch-off ticket – Break Fort Knox – just went on sale Friday, and one of the four top prizes of $3 million has already been claimed.
The winning couple, who wished to remain anonymous, was running errands Sunday when they stopped off at Murphy USA #7533 on Raggard Road in Louisville specifically to buy one of the new tickets.
They played the ticket in their car. On the ticket, they matched the winning number seven to a seven in their numbers area. “My husband scratched off the first two numbers of the prize amount and handed the ticket to me,” she said. “I looked at it and was like, ‘Yay, we won $30,000!’ But then I scratched off the rest and saw more zeroes. I started jumping up and down in the car,” she said. Her husband said he started to get teary-eyed. “The people parked next to us probably thought we were nuts,” he said.
“This is such a blessing,” she said.
“It was so surreal to wake up this morning a millionaire,” she told lottery officials. “Today is the day our lives change forever.”
The couple chose to take the cash option amount of $2,244,000. After taxes, they received a check for $1,593,240. They plan to invest the winnings, but also plan on taking their kids on vacation and starting a fund for college.
Murphy USA will receive a bonus of $22,400 for selling the winning ticket.
Three other $3 million top prizes remain in the game.