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Delaware woman hits back-to-back lotto wins, claims $400,000 in single day

The unidentified woman won a $100,000 prize, went to lottery headquarters to claim it and scored a $300,000 winning ticket on her way home.
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Scratch Off games for sale in Gaithersburg, Md., on Jan. 11, 2015.Samuel Corum / Anadolu Agency/Getty Images file

A Delaware woman won state lottery games twice last month, claiming her $400,000 in winnings in a single day, lottery officials said.

Her winning tickets weren't for Monday night's Powerball lottery, which has a jackpot that has ballooned to $1.9 billion, but for more mundane scratch-off games, the officials said in a statement last month.

The woman wasn't publicly identified, as winners are allowed to remain anonymous under a law regulating state lottery play in Delaware, one of at least six states that allow anonymity for some or all winners.

In a statement, the Delaware Lottery said the winner and a friend went to its headquarters Oct. 20 to claim winnings on a $100K Ultimate Cash Instant Game scratch-off ticket she bought at a gas station in Newark, where she lives.

On her way home, the woman stopped at a convenience store in Dover to celebrate by buying three Serious Money tickets, one of which was a $300,000 winner, officials said.

"We just sat there in disbelief," the woman said in the statement, describing the moment she won a second time, the friend at her side. "It was absolute insanity."

She returned to headquarters to claim those winnings, as well.

"It’s great to see our players bring home six-figure prizes," acting state Lottery Director Helene Keeley said in the statement.

Monday night's estimated Powerball jackpot reached a world record $1.9 billion.

The jackpot ballooned after there were no six-number winners in Saturday night's drawing, Powerball officials said.

"Like the rest of America, and the world, I think we’re all eager to find out when this historic jackpot will eventually be won,” Powerball Chair Drew Svitko said in a statement.