Local woman wins $650,000 in lottery

Des Allemands resident Sylvia Rome couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the numbers 01-16-18-29-32-35.

Rome’s winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn, making her the sole winner of the Louisiana Lottery $650,000 Lotto jackpot.

“I got some great news after checking my Lotto numbers after the Oct. 7th drawing,” she said. “I have played Lotto since the game started. My husband and I chose these numbers a long time ago and I have continued to play those numbers since.”

She added, “I just look at the numbers that come out the most and play those.”

This drawing was the first time the Lotto jackpot had been hit since Aug. 9 when Covington resident Todd Tully won $525,000. It is also the second largest jackpot for the game in 2017.

After taxes, Rome received $455,000. While she did not have concrete plans for her winnings, she did note that she will certainly “enjoy the financial freedom.”

Rome purchased her jackpot winning ticket at Des Allemands Cheap Smokes on Highway 90. The store received a one-time bonus of $6,500, which is 1 percent of the prize, for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.

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