A lottery ticket given to Patricia Gray of Wichita, Kansas by her mother-in-law turned out to be a whole lot more than a mere token: It was a big winner.
That's some gift. Patricia and James Gray of Wichita, Kansas collect their $200,000 cash prize they won from a Powerball ticket that was given to them by James' mother. Click through to see more photos of big lottery winners.
The first five numbers of Gray's Powerball ticket turned out to be a match with the drawing, earning her a cash prize of $200,000, reports kwch.com.
Similar situations have sometimes turned contentious, with the ticket buyer and recipient disputing ownership. But not in this case. When Gray called to report the good news, her generous mother-in-law told her to keep the full winnings.
"If it weren't for her, we wouldn’t be here claiming this ticket," Gray told a Kansas lottery official. "She's the kind of person who always thinks of her family first. She is excited for us and told us to keep the money. We've been struggling financially for a long time."
Gray says she will use the prize money to pay bills and help family members.