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Woman Wins $175K Jackpot At Work White Elephant Gift Exchange

Winning at Scratchers

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A Louisville woman is celebrating after hitting the $175,000 jackpot on a scratch-off ticket at a company holiday party. 

Lori Janes, who works at Harmon Dental Center as an office manager, was participating in a white elephant gift exchange with her coworkers when someone "stole" a $25 TJ Maxx gift card she had received, according to the Kentucky lottery. Lori was initially disappointed but then chose $25 in scratch-off tickets from someone else.

"Once it got to me, it was done and mine to keep. That’s when everyone was telling me to scratch them off," Janes shared. Lori began to scratch the tickets off with everyone sitting around. She won $50 on the first ticket and proceeded to scratch off the second one, winning the game’s $175,000 top prize.

"Everyone was going insane," Janes continued. "People were getting their calculators out and double-checking. A couple of people even scanned the ticket on the lottery’s app, just to make sure."

She added, "I couldn’t believe it. It was a twenty-five-dollar gift exchange, and I won one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars!"


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