Date Night Leads to $450,000 Louisiana Lotto Jackpot for Arkansas Couple

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Wayne and Betty Breazeale proudly display their check after claiming the $450,000 Lotto jackpot from the Oct. 31 drawing.
Wayne and Betty Breazeale proudly display their check after claiming the $450,000 Lotto jackpot from the Oct. 31 drawing.

Betty and Wayne Breazeale of Hampton, Ark., love to play tricks on one another, so when Betty woke Wayne up early Sunday morning screaming that they won the $450,000 Louisiana Lotto jackpot, he was not convinced.

“When I typed in our numbers on the Lottery’s Web site and nothing came up, I was positive it was a trick,” shared Wayne.  “But I checked it again and realized I had the wrong date, so I entered our numbers again under Oct. 31 and sure enough they all matched.””

A still-shocked Betty, age 55, explained that every weekend on “date-night” she and her husband go out to dinner and then to buy their Lotto tickets.  “We believe that you can’t win if you don’t bother to play, so we play regularly,” added Betty.  “I still can’t believe that we actually won.”

The Breazeales received $315,000 after federal and state taxes were withheld.

Currently, the Breazeales have no major plans for their winnings besides putting the money away for retirement.  Eventually, Betty hopes to use some of the money to buy a more spacious R.V. for family trips to the beach.

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