Donna Sue Jackson, 57, of Trenton, has been sitting on a secret. While she’s known for nearly two months that she held the winning $1.4 million Lotto ticket from the Nov. 22 drawing, she waited until January to claim her prize.
What’s perhaps even more astonishing is that her friends at the Kum & Go store in Trenton where she bought the winning ticket also kept news of her big win quiet until she was ready to come forward and claim her winnings.
“I originally thought I had won $1,400,” she said.
It was only while talking to employees at the store a couple of days later about her “$1,400” win that she came to realize she had actually won the jackpot.
“It was a fun time! The staff at the Kum & Go really added to the excitement,” explained Jackson, noting that there was a bit of “numbness at first” followed by “delight.”
The former intensive in-home services worker, who has worked with many families in crisis, plans “to be very, very cautious” with her newfound wealth. In fact, it wasn’t a large, frivolous purchase that first sprang to mind when she learned she had won the jackpot.
“I bought myself an espresso machine that was on sale for $60,” she said. “I figured I could afford it,” she added with a laugh.
Jackson used Quick Pick to allow the computer to randomly select her winning numbers: 12, 18, 22, 25, 27 and 30.
In addition to her prize, Kum & Go will receive a check equal to 1 percent of the prize amount – which is $14,000 – for selling the winning ticket.
Jackson’s prize is the 183rd Lotto jackpot ticket and the 266th jackpot ticket overall sold since the Lottery began in 1986.
The same Kum & Go store, located at 1419 E. 9th St. in Trenton, also sold a $3.3 million Lotto prize on June 29, 1988. The winner was Robert Railsback, also from Trenton.