Dean Richardson of Crawfordville, Fla., got an early start to his holiday season when he claimed a $100,000 top prize from a $100,000 Holiday scratch-off at Louisiana Lottery headquarters in Baton Rouge.
"I scratched the ticket in the store and started shaking," said Richardson . "I went outside to the truck and told my friend, 'Tell me it's real! Tell me it's real!' He looked at it, and we both just stood there for about 30 minutes."
Richardson, who just turned 48 years old, said he plans to help his mother with his winnings. He purchased his winning scratch-off from Murphy USA #7404 on Walker South Road in Walker.
$100,000 Holiday is a $5 scratch-off game that offers players the chance to win up to $100,000. With up to 15 chances to win on each ticket, the game has two remaining top prizes as of Nov. 12.