Hurricane Katrina Evacuee, Now Bethany Resident, Is Lottery’s First $25,000 Prize Winner
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – October 17, 2005
New Oklahoma resident Caronell Allen of Bethany, today became the Lottery’s first $25,000 cash prize in the $5 instant game, $25,000 Jackpot. Allen, who relocated from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, purchased his lucky winning ticket at “Buy for Less" of Oklahoma City. Allen said, “Everything’s looking up" as he accepted his winnings from Executive Director Jim Scroggins.
Players are winning! As of first thing today, players had claimed over $ 4 Million in prizes including a total of thirty-two Lucky 7’s top prizes and twenty $5,000 winners. New money for education continues to build," said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery. “Although only in our sixth day of sales, we’re very pleased with where we stand today relative to achieving our net revenue goal to Oklahoma Education of $65 million for Fiscal 2006."
By 3 p.m. Central Time, Lottery sales were estimated at $ 10.5 million, based on ticket activations as well as ticket pack settlements. Players can find more information on the Oklahoma Lottery at www.lottery.ok.gov. Additionally, players with questions can call the Lottery’s Player Hotline at 1-888-PLAYOLC. Retailers can call the Retailer Hotline at 1-866-369-4925.