Linda Garey’s grandson no doubt thought it would be fun to include a scratch ticket in the gifts at the family’s holiday celebration in western Nebraska.
But that Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer scratch ticket was no laughing matter.
Garey scratched the $5 ticket and netted the top prize of $50,000, the Nebraska Lottery said Friday in a news release.
After scratching the ticket at the family’s celebration in Crawford, her grandsons went with her to a local convenience store to confirm the prize.
Then they joined Garey on the 450-mile trip to Lincoln to cash the ticket, which was originally purchased from the Super C at 33rd Street and Sheridan Boulevard in Lincoln.
Garey said she’s a regular Nebraska Lottery player, but this is the first time she’s won anything close to a top prize.
“Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” she said, looking at her grandson. “I’d say it’s an appropriate ticket.”
The chances of winning $50,000 from the $5 ticket were 1-in-104,000.
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