Two Fort Wayne women win lotto

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) A pair of Fort Wayne women won fortunes on Hoosier Lottery Scratch-offs recently.

The Hoosier Lottery on Thursday reported Sheila Brown and Tenecia Tate, both of Fort Wayne, won large sums of money off scratch-off tickets. Brown won $700,000 on the $700,000 Extreme Green Scratch-off July 30. Tate claimed a $77,777 prize on the Green 7s Scratch-off Aug. 3.

The lottery said both women were running errands when they purchased their tickets – Brown at the grocery store, and Tate on her way to the laundromat.

That’s not all, though. The winnings came after both women had won small winnings previously.

Brown had won $100 on an Extreme Green ticket when she opted to buy one more ticket at Scott’s at 4120 N. Clinton St. that produced the game’s first top prize of $700,000. Tate had turned $17 worth of winnings into $22 and then $25 in winnings when she opted to try one more Green 7s and won the eighth of nine top prizes available on that game. She purchased her winning ticket at Kroger, 7008 Bluffton Rd.

“It’s a good sense of relief,” said Brown. “Things will be easier. It is life-changing for sure. There are a lot of things I want to consider. It’s going to give me a lot more options and options I wouldn’t have considered before.”

Brown said her plans do not include quitting her job. Her position as a sales consultant with Value City Furniture was recently transferred to Florida.

Tate, a young mother of one, said she plans to use her winnings to buy a car and pay a year’s rent in advance.

“I’m blessed,” said Tate. “Thankful and blessed.”

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