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First winning ticket in KY for "Decades of Dollars"

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The Kentucky Lottery's Decades of Dollars games has it's first winner ever, and the ticket was sold in Madisonville.

One very lucky lottery player is getting $250,000 every year for the next 30 years, but so far, that winner hasn't publicly come forward.

It's the first time this ticket has been sold in Kentucky and there's definitely a buzz around town for who the winner may be.

Vera Todd has sold a whole bunch of lottery tickets while working at Kroger, but this was no ordinary sale.

"It feels wonderful to me, but most of all it's our customer that won it, and that makes me very happy," Todd said.

Kroger employees say they know the winner and it's a woman, but they don't want to announce it until she's ready.

That ticket holder has the option of taking either the lump sum of $4 million, or have it spread out over 30 years.

"I think it's just absolutely awesome to have one of our own customers here from Madisonville win the $4 million. It gives you a feeling of it's neat that one of our neighbors won it," said store manager Kevin Berry.

Kentucky Lottery representatives say the winner should receive their money within a week once they come forward. Todd says now people want to buy their ticket from her, hoping for the same luck.

"It was a very good experience knowing that someone in Kentucky has won the ticket," Todd noted.

"A lot of our customers are here everyday. When we see her now we can go hey there's that lucky gal," Berry said.

The Decades of Dollars game debuted last February, replacing the Win for Life game.

Berry says he sometimes plays the lottery, and he might play more now.

"Well, I'm definitely thinking today I should have bought a ticket," Berry said.

Kentucky Lottery officials say Kroger will get $10,000 dollars just for selling the ticket, and now it's just a matter of whether the winner will take the lump sum or spread it out over 30 years.

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