If someone who wins an Ohio lottery game is lucky, what do you call someone who hits it big twice in less than six months?
Call her Mary Riedel.
Earlier this month, the Brunswick woman won $100,000 in the Ohio Lottery “Hot $100,000” scratch-off game. Four months ago, she took home $50,000 in the lottery’s Anniversary Millions game.
“Both times were flukes actually,” she said.
Riedel said this spring she purchased the Anniversary Millions ticket after attending a friend’s funeral service.
“The lady who had passed was a gambler and I did it thinking of her,” she said.
Mary and her husband, Dan, didn’t keep the money. They gave the winnings to their daughter Elaine, who was buying a house in Lakewood.
“We didn’t want her home payments to be too much and we thought we could help,” she said.
Mary and her husband also dipped into their retirement fund a little bit to help their daughter and her two dogs settle into a nice home in Lakewood.
“We were able to help, so we did,” she said.
Earlier this month, Riedel was at the Cenco station on Center Road in Brunswick when she got a few bucks from a Pick 4 game.
“Instead of taking the cash, I told the clerk to go ahead and give me another ticket,” she said.
The clerk chose a Lottery Hot $100,000.
“It’s a scratch-off and I scratched off a money bag, which is a 10 times multiplier,” she said. “Then I saw the amount — $10,000 — meaning 10 times $10,000.
“I was just so excited I couldn’t believe it.”
The Riedels plan to use the money to help repay and add to their retirement fund. After mandatory federal and state taxes, the winnings come to about $71,000.
“For the most part, we just want to be careful and save,” she said. “At our age, it’s a little daunting and you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Cenco station also will receive $1,000 for selling the winning ticket. As for winning the lottery twice in a year, Riedel said she feels blessed.
“I feel like someone was looking out for my family. I just feel like the luckiest person I know,” she said.