Somebody get Aesop on the horn – his classic fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" could use an update.
Maybe, "The Minnesota Woman Who Cried Winning Lottery Ticket."
Hope Adams of Detroit Lakes pulled a fast one on her husband for Christmas last year, giving him a fake winning $10,000 lottery ticket.
“I’m kind of a jokester, with the fake ticket and some other things,” Adams told the Minnesota Lottery.
Fast forward six months, to July 3. Hope – a mother of three and community nurse – is staring at a scratch-off in her hand, realizing she's just won $200,000. She called her husband, Darin, Detroit Lakes Online reports, to explain the great news.
“He said, ‘I’m busy. I don’t believe you and I don’t have time for this,’” Adams explained to the Minnesota Lottery. “When he called back later, I said, ‘I’m not joking this time!’"
Hope even sent him a photo of the winning ticket, Detroit Lakes Online says. Still, nothing. Then she called her mother, she told the paper – who also did not believe here.
Darin only came around once he got home.
"He didn’t believe me until he saw the ticket,” she told the Lottery.
Hope told Detroit Lakes Online they plan to use the winnings to pay for her midwife schooling, knock out some bills, and make some small updates to their house.
Last month, two Minnesotans beat the odds by winning $1 million each from Powerball.
Jack McGlynn of Burnsville and Todd Solarz of Duluth both happened to match the first five numbers (but not the red Powerball number) on their ticket for the June 7 drawing. As Powerball lays out, the chance of winning that $1 million prize is about 1 in 5,153,632.65.