Arkansas woman becomes millionaire after second time playing lottery

Aug 16, 2019, 1:24 pm (7 comments)

Arkansas Lottery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A 28-year-old Arkansas woman, who only has played the lottery twice, Thursday claimed a lottery prize of $1 million. Shayla Burton's win came from the $20 instant-ticket game, Ultimate Millions.

The top prize amount for Ultimate Millions is $1 million. Two top prizes now remain on that ticket.

Burton, who resides in White Hall, purchased the winning ticket from Sam Food Mart, 100 W. Grand and Division St. in Humphrey Wednesday. Burton was with her father, Leslie, who has been playing the lottery since 2009.

"My dad purchased a couple of $1 and $3 tickets and urged me to purchase a $20 ticket," Burton said. 

Burton decided to take a chance but initially didn't realize her decision paid off. Her inexperience playing lottery caused her to become confused after she scratched the ticket.

"Since I've only played the lottery twice, I didn't know how to read it," she said. "I knew one person who wouldn't have a problem determining if I won — my dad."

Burton plans to make home improvements and help children in White Hall and Pine Bluff with her winnings.

"I still can't believe that I won! I didn't get much sleep last night, but I got more than my dad. He only slept an hour," she said.

Burton is the 69th Arkansas lottery-made millionaire since 2009.

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music*'s avatarmusic*

Congratulations to Shayla Burton! Shayla Burton do not forget to reward your Father, Leslie. 

 Plus think about your retirement as well. It is only 34 years until you hit 62 years of age. Once you are not able to work and get a paycheck you will need to depend on your investments plus a little bit of Social Security and Medi Care. If Social Security and MediCare are available in 34 years. 2054.

  Think of your future and plan well. Mail For You

GiveFive's avatarGiveFive

Her Dad wanted HER to buy a ticket?  Hells Bells!  My kids would urge ME to buy a ticket - FOR THEM!!!!  G5

TheGameGrl's avatarTheGameGrl

Just saw the layout for this ticket. It's very clear how to match the winning # , when it states 1MIll 

Darling dear use that money to learn to read. You'll need it for your financial security. I mean that in a kind way...met some folks who couldn't read get hoodwinked...

Artist77's avatarArtist77

I do find some scratchers confusing when I look at them online or pick up discarded ones for 2nd chance drawings. And I am well educated.  I guess if you buy them all the time, it is different.

I do find it odd that a 2nd time lottery player would spend $20. It seems a lot for an inexperienced player. At her age, I was trying to figure out the fastest way to pay down my mortgage.

sully16's avatarsully16

Super cool, with the right investments she could be set for life and fulfill her dreams.

plumsage's avatarplumsage

Yes she is young enough that when she retires she should have some nice money.  If she invests wisely.

music*'s avatarmusic*

Quote: Originally posted by plumsage on Aug 24, 2019

Yes she is young enough that when she retires she should have some nice money.  If she invests wisely.

I Agree!  Plus beginner's luck rules.

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