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Creighton man wins prize

January 17, 2019

A Creighton man has won $35,000 playing the Lucky Symbols Loteria Scratch game from the Nebraska Lottery.

Darius Jones purchased his winning ticket at Casey’s General Store at 1020 W. Benjamin Ave. in Norfolk.

When Jones came to claim his prize at the Nebraska Lottery’s Lincoln office last week, he said that when he scratched off the winning ticket, he just stared at it for a few minutes and then ran to the bathroom at work to call his mother.

“I just lost it,” Jones said. “I started crying. A little bit.”

Jones said he’s planning to use the $35,000 prize to pay off his car and to put a down payment on a house.

He’s still new to buying Scratch tickets, but now that he’s won the top prize, Jones said he’s planning on spreading his luck. On the drive from Creighton to Lincoln and on the way back home, he was planning on buying tickets along the way.

“We’ll buy some at every gas station,” he said. “I’m going to put them in a bowl and everyone can grab one at work.”

As a $3 Scratch game, Lucky Symbols Loteria offers players a chance to win prizes from $3 to $35,000. The chances of winning $35,000 are one in 200,000, while the odds of winning any prize are one in 3.76.