December 26, 2001
LEBANON WOMAN FINDS $25,000 PRESENT
On Christmas Eve, when many people are shopping for that special gift, one woman from Lebanon was receiving a gift worth $25,000. Elizabeth "Beth" Durreman, 42, said she bought a $2 "Holiday Bingo" Scratchers ticket to put in her husband’s stocking. Later, while at work at The Lebanon Daily Record, she got into her purse for money for a soda, saw the Scratchers ticket, and decided to scratch it off, figuring she would buy her husband another one later that day. To her surprise, the ticket turned out to be worth the game’s top prize of $25,000.
Durreman said a co-worker drove to The Lebanon Daily Record’s press facility down the street to get Durreman’s husband, Carl, who manages the press room for the newspaper. The co-worker took him back to the main office, where Beth was waiting to hand him the winning ticket, which she had wrapped. When he opened it, he thought it was just a "scratched ticket." Upon closer inspection, he realized it was a big winner.
"It’s been a fun story to tell everyone," Durreman said.
Durreman purchased the winning ticket at Eastgate Express in Lebanon. She only bought two tickets: the winning "Holiday Bingo" ticket and a "Merry Money" ticket.
Durreman said they plan to use the winnings to pay off bills and take a trip to California to see relatives. For Durreman’s 11-year-old son, it will be his first plane trip.
"The rest will go in the bank," said Durreman.