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April Fool’s Day is “Classic” Experience for Pocomoke City Man

Monday, April 6th, 2009

First $30,000 Top-Prize Claimed on American Classics Scratch-Off

Michael Hillman - American ClassicsMichael Hillman wasn’t fooling around when he called his wife on April 1st to tell her he’d won $30,000 on the new American Classics scratch-off. But, it would take a lot of convincing for her to believe him. The 56-year-old, who works in construction, bought a few scratch-offs from the Lottery’s instant ticket machine on his lunch break on Wednesday. He then proceeded to scratch them in the store.

“I scratched and saw a three and a zero and thought that I’d won $30,” said Michael. When he realized that he’d actually won $30,000, he just sat there for a few minutes. “I cleaned my glasses and looked at the ticket again.”

Michael then called his wife to tell her the news. “I hung up from talking to him,” she said “Then I realized it was April Fool’s Day and called him back to tell him it was a joke.” Michael finally sent a picture of the winning American Classics ticket to his wife’s cell phone to convince her he was telling the truth.

The couple, who have been married for close to 30 years, even made a mini-vacation out of the experience. They traveled to Dover Downs, spent the night and then drove to Lottery Headquarters on Monday morning to claim their win. The Hillmans intend to use their prize money to paint their home and buy a new furnace.

The winning ticket was purchased at Dash-In #109, located at 7201 Main St. in Willards.

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