All government workers who are furloughed or working without pay because of the shutdown have been forced to find other ways to stay afloat.
Carrie Wells played a Virginia Lottery game and won $100,000 plus a new Ford Expedition.
Her ticket was drawn from more than 554,000 second-chance entries to win the top prize of an Expedition plus $100,000. On Jan. 11, she got the keys and her check from the Virginia Lottery.
“I cried. I couldn’t believe it,” she said about the moment she discovered she’d won the drawing.
She said the $100,000 portion of the prize is especially great because her husband is a federal worker who is not getting paid because of the federal government shutdown.
Now with a new ride, a lot of extra cash and some time off for her husband, she plans to take the family on a Disney World vacation.