Stone Ridge Woman Celebrates $200K Stocking Stuffer

How many times have you gotten a losing lottery ticket in a Christmas stocking or birthday card? That wasn’t the case for a Stone Ridge woman this week.

According to the Virginia Lottery, Sara Brown was visiting her in-laws near Charlottesville when she scratched off the ticket she found tucked in her stocking—something of a family tradition. This year, the gift was a $200,000 winner.

“I was in shock,” Brown told lottery officials as she claimed her prize. “I asked my husband to check the ticket and asked, ‘Is this real?’”

The ticket was part of the Jewel 7’s line of tickets. She was the first person to claim the top prize in game #1676, which means nine $200,000 tickets remain unclaimed, according to lottery representatives.