Louisville Man Claims $225,000 Lottery Prize; Attributes Win to Late Mother

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March 25, 2024

A Louisville man, who wishes to remain anonymous, has won $225,000 playing Kentucky Cash Ball 225.

The man had just returned home from being out of the country to be with his mother before she passed away.  His wife suggested they get out of the house and buy some lottery tickets to help take his mind off things. 

Being off schedule from traveling, the man woke up at 4:00 a.m. the following day, sipped his coffee and checked his lottery tickets.  That’s when he discovered he had matched all five numbers from the March 25th drawing to win the game’s top prize of $225,000.  He also matched two numbers on two other lines on his ticket to win $2. 

The Louisville man claimed his prize at Kentucky Lottery headquarters just hours after finding out he won.      

“I checked it at least five times.  It’s really strange,” he told lottery officials.  “I guess she’s watching.”

The man said he hasn’t told anyone yet.  “Everything happened so fast,” he said.  “I got a call, flew out to see my mom before she passed, we had the funeral and then I got back, and then this happened.”

The man said he paid for the funeral arrangements, so the unexpected money is very helpful, but he’ll need time to figure out what to do with the winnings. 

The Jefferson County man walked away with a check for $162,001.44 after taxes.  “She’s taking care of me,” he said.

Thorntons will receive $2,250 for selling the winning ticket.   

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