Woman purchases winning $2M lottery ticket in Jonesboro

Judy Dudley and her husband, Dave.
Judy Dudley and her husband, Dave.(Arkansas Scholarship Lottery)
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 10:11 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2022 at 7:47 AM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) -The winning $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot might have been sold in Illinois, but someone in Jonesboro won $2 million.

Judy Dudley of Lake City was taking her mom to the chiropractor on Thursday when she stopped at Kum & Go, 4810 East Highland, and bought a Quick Pick.

She didn’t think of it until Friday night.

“My five-year-old granddaughter from Texas was visiting, and she was ready to go to bed Friday night before the 10 o’clock news,” Dudley told the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. “I told her I had to wait until the Mega Millions numbers were announced on the TV. But Friday night they didn’t announce the numbers.”

That’s when she went to the lottery website on her phone.

“I was holding the phone in one hand and my ticket in the other,” she said. “I saw that I had all the white balls, and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I just won $2 million!’ My husband, Dave, had fallen asleep in the chair, so I woke him up and then called my daughter who lives close by.”

Dudley’s local lottery seller had closed so she drove back into Jonesboro to check the ticket at a retailer where she confirmed the winning ticket.

“It was hard to sleep Friday night,” she said. “But my main concern was keeping the ticket safe even though I had signed the back of it. It’s taken a while for all of this to sink in. But I don’t care if the world knows I won. My seven-year-old granddaughter announced it in Sunday School Sunday that I had won.”

On Monday, the Dudleys traveled to Little Rock to claim her prize.

Dudley retired from Arkansas State University last year, her husband retired three years ago. She plans to take her family to Hawaii next summer and enjoy her retirement with her husband.

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