Mary S. Johnson's love of bingo-style scratch-off games paid off in a big way when she claimed a $30,000 top prize from a Bingo! ticket.

"I kept winning smaller amounts for years," said Johnson, age 52. "This time I finally won the big prize."

Johnson, who resides in Ethel, said she has no immediate plans for her winnings besides treating herself to a steak dinner.

She purchased her winning scratch-off from Danny's 2 Go on Highway 19 in Slaughter.

Bingo! is a $3 game that features five bonus bingo numbers on each ticket. The game has one $30,000 top prize remaining as of Nov. 16.

Persons must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a Lottery ticket.  Anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867. For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their ticket immediately after purchasing.

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