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Woman wrapping presents realizes she won top lottery prize in Tennessee. ‘A blessing’
22/12/2021 13:47:41

A Tennessee woman realized she won a top lottery prize as she was wrapping Christmas presents.

Joevelyn Smith of Memphis was sitting on the floor wrapping the gifts when she saw that she had won the $1 million prize in the Tennessee lottery’s “Play It Again December!” drawing, the Tennessee Education Lottery said in a news release on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

It was the biggest win in the drawing, according to the lottery.

“It’s a blessing,” Smith told lottery officials.

Smith and 18 other lottery players took home more than $3.2 million combined in the drawing, the lottery said.

One of those players was John Henderson of Townsend, who said he was skeptical at first when he saw he had won a $500,000 prize, according to the lottery.

“I thought Ashton Kutcher was going to jump out because I was getting Punk’d,” Henderson told lottery officials. Christie Wilson of Waynesboro couldn’t believe it either when she saw she won $200,000 in the drawing. She told lottery officials she called five times to make sure it was true.

“It caught me off guard,” she said.

The Tennessee lottery’s “Play it Again!” drawing gives VIP Rewards members another chance to win a top prize on their previously non-winning tickets, according to the lottery. Drawings are held throughout the year.

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