(CNN) – After 36 years as a nurse, one Kentucky woman has earned more in retirement — and now she has plenty of money to retire in style.
That’s because she retired earlier when she bought a ticket and won the $200,000 lottery.
“It was unbelievable,” she said in a news release from the Kentucky Lottery. “I just retired that day. I take this as a sign for me to quit. “
Kentucky Lottery officials said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, purchased the $10 Tree-Mendous Wins Scratch game at a convenience store in Prestonburg, in the east of the state.
She played a game in the store and found that she matched the number 20 in the last row of the ticket. She then scratches the box and reveals that she won the game’s top prize.
The winner told lottery officials that the last two years of her three-decade nursing career were spent dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It was difficult,” she said.
Kentucky has reported 757,016 cases of Covid-19 and 10,104 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The winner drove three hours to Lottery headquarters in Louisville last week to claim her prize, which after taxes went up to $142,000.
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