Kentucky woman thought lottery instant win was a scam
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — A Louisville woman won nearly $150,000 after playing the Kentucky Lottery online.
Crystal Young was in bed when she decided to play a game using the Kentucky Lottery app. The Kentucky Lottery said she was about to call it a night when she wagered $10 on the Bank Buster Jackpot, an instant game.
“I was just sitting there. I typically don’t play that game,” she said. Young wagered $10 in free Bonus Bucks she received from the Kentucky Lottery.
Her husband was asleep when she woke him up. “Honey, get up. It says I won the jackpot.” He looks at her phone and goes back to sleep. A couple minutes later, he woke back up and said, “Did you just win that?” “I think I did,” she said.
“It was a total surprise,” Young said. “When it hits, it shows my wins at the bottom of the screen. I was like, ‘Yeah, right.’”
Young was skeptical she had won so she contacted Kentucky Lottery’s Customer Service to get confirmation of her win. That’s when she was told she would be receiving an email. Young had been notified she had won the Bank Buster Jackpot progressive jackpot of $148,499.06.
“I still thought maybe this is a scam,” she told officials. “I guess I won’t believe it until I get the check and I’ve deposited it in my account.”
The couple said they didn’t get much sleep that night but showed up to work the next morning.
After work, she and her husband stopped at the lottery headquarters in Louisville, walking away with a check for $106,176.83 after taxes, according to Kentucky Lottery.
“I’m still in disbelief,” Young said.
They told officials they didn’t have immediate plans for the winnings and needed more time to think about it.