Furloughed Park Ranger Won $29.5 Million During Government Shutdown

A park ranger from New Jersey bought a lottery ticket on December 17th, just days before she was furloughed because of the government shutdown, and it ended up being a big winner.Judith Smith learned she had won a $29.5-million jackpot back on December 18th, but she kept it quiet as her family got legal and financial advice.

Smith is a park ranger at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island, New York and the government shutdown kept her out of work until January 25th. She tells New Jersey Lottery officials she kept her winning ticket in a “safe place” while talking with lawyers. She and her children,William Kenneth Smith and Sarah Jude Smith, were announced the winners of the $29.5 million Pick-6 Jackpot this week.



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