A Hixson woman did a triple-take upon scratching off a winning $2 million instant lottery game this week.
Frances Sharp, 69, claimed her winnings Tuesday at Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville, according to spokeswoman Kym Gerlock.
This was the first top-prize winner for the "$2 Million Bonanza," a high-winnings scratch-off ticket game recently unveiled by the lottery.
"At first I thought I had won $2,000, then I thought it was $200,000," said Sharp.
She purchased her ticket at a Hixson gas station.
Her big winnings fall at the end of a record-breaking February for the Tennessee Lottery, which sold more than $112 million in tickets. Lottery officials say the spike in sales is due in large part to the game Sharp won this week as well as other new high-winning games.
"These games are great additions to our lineup of other popular games including Tennessee Cash, which has a record jackpot of $1.07 million for Wednesday night," said Lottery CEO Rebecca Hargrove.
The lottery announced the earnings figures Tuesday, just a few hours after Sharp claimed her big prize. The February sales figures beat the previous record, $110 million, set in March 2010.
As of Monday, "$2 Million Bonanza" players had won more than $11.8 million in prizes, while "Lady Jumbo Bucks" players had won more than $7.3 million.