Downsville woman wins $100,000 lottery prize

July 25, 1997


Staff Writer

Lori Sheffler of Downsville doesn't know what she's going to do with the $100,000 she won on July 12 from the Maryland Lottery's Extra Chance Lotto drawing, but she does know she's buying another ticket.

Sheffler, 33, won $1,080 eight months ago when she got five out of six numbers correct. She said she's going to try for the $10 million jackpot tonight.

"Third time's going to be a charm," she said.

Although she doesn't play the lottery regularly, when she does she always has the machine pick the numbers. She said she has played the scratch off tickets regularly for years.


Sheffler has four children ages 2, 6, 12 and 15. She said her priority for the prize, which will be $64,500 after taxes, is to take care of her family and buy a new car.

The car the Maryland Lottery sent to bring her to the check presentation at the AC&T where she bought her ticket on Wesel Boulevard was a stretch limousine with a Jacuzzi inside.

When the car arrived she started shaking and said, "This isn't a car, it's a house."

Sheffler, an AC&T employee on Hopewell Road, said she was very nervous about the presentation.

"This is really scary. It's unreal. I never thought that I'd win in a million years," she said. "It's a lot of money."

Sheffler is the second resident of Washington County to win the extra chance drawing in July. Jeffrey and Theresa Swope of Halfway, won the jackpot in the July 5 drawing.

Extra Chance is a promotional program that started June 18. The last drawing of the promotion will be tonight.

Another AC&T employee won the Powerball in late June. Sheffler said he lives on her street.

Mark Fulton, AC&T retail operations supervisor, was presented a $1,000 bonus check from the Maryland Lottery because Sheffler bought the winning ticket at AC&T. He said "it's really strange" that two employees won the lottery within four weeks.

Van Fochios, regional manager for the Maryland Lottery, said it is rare for this size population to have two winners within a month.

Sheffler said that despite her winnings she would still return to work this week - unless she wins the $10 million jackpot tonight.

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