Klamath Falls woman wins $75K lottery prize from stocking stuffer Scratch-it

Contessa McConnell was surprised with an unexpected Christmas gift over the holidays.

Posted: Jan 25, 2021 12:17 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Klamath Falls woman had a very happy holiday after her Scratch-it stocking stuffer netted her a $75,000 prize.

The Oregon Lottery says that Contessa McConnell's sister buys Scratch-it tickets as stocking stuffers every holiday, and this year was no different.

“We were sitting around on Christmas Eve, and my brother was scratching his Scratch-it he got from our sister, so I thought I would join him,” said McConnell, of Klamath Falls.

McConnell started her "Reindeer Riches" ticket and received a pleasant surprise.

“My mom asked me what I was doing, and I told her I thought I’d won,” said McConnell. “I took out my phone and used the Lottery’s app and scanned the ticket and it said I’d won $75,000! Both my brother and sister were giving me a hard time since either one of them could have gotten my ticket.”

Players who win $50,000 or more have to make an appointment at the Oregon Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize. McConnell made the trip to Salem on January 21 to pick up her winnings.

According to the Oregon Lottery, McConnell's sister had bought the winning ticket at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market in Klamath Falls.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings.

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