Manicurist Nails $50,000 WinThursday, January 20th, 2011
Claims Top Prize on Super Bonus Crossword
Nga Thi Nguyen arrived at Lottery Headquarters with her workmate and friend in tow, to claim her top-prize scratch-off win. The 37-year-old, who plays the Lottery only occasionally, couldn’t quite grasp that she was $50,000 richer. In fact, she remained unconvinced right up until being escorted into the Lottery’s Winners Lounge, where she laid eyes on the oversized check with her name on it.
The soft-spoken winner decided to buy her one Lottery scratch-off yesterday because all of her co-workers were playing. “I went to the retailer next door and bought just one ticket,” said Nga. “I told the clerk to just pick one for me.” Nga went back to her salon and proceeded to scratch her Super Bonus Crossword, revealing that the clerk’s pick was perfect.
As Nga’s fellow manicurists celebrated around her, the scratch-off novice had no idea that she was a winner. The winner’s friend said, “She was just like, ‘what?’ You can’t be serious.”
Nga intends to pay off debt with her windfall and may take a trip to her native-land Vietnam to visit her mother and other family members. The winning ticket was purchased at Lucky’s Superette, located at 119 Mayo Rd. in Edgewater.