John Massey of Monroe has a reason to smile after he claimed a $77,777 top prize from a Golden 7s scratch-off at the Lottery's Monroe office.

Massey, age 58, shared that his wife purchased the top-prize winning ticket after losing another winning ticket worth $10.

Massey's winning scratch-off was purchased from Smokers Express #3455 on Garrett Road in Monroe.  The couple plans to use their winnings to pay bills.

Golden 7s is a $5 game that features 15 chances to win on each ticket. The game has one $77,777 top prize remaining as of today.

For security purposes, the Lottery strongly encourages players to sign the back of their tickets immediately after purchasing.

Persons must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a Lottery ticket.  Anyone who has a gambling problem or friends and family of anyone with a gambling problem are encouraged to call toll-free 1-877-770-7867.