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Run over by a reindeer? Nope, Nebraska grandma rakes in $50k Christmas lottery prize
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Run over by a reindeer? Nope, Nebraska grandma rakes in $50k Christmas lottery prize

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Linda Garey’s grandson thought it would be a hoot to buy Garey a ticket in the Nebraska Lottery’s “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” scratch game.

The morbidly funny Christmas novelty song, recorded in 1979 by the husband-and-wife country duo Elmo & Patsy, tells the story of a granny, tipsy on eggnog, who wanders outside into a snowstorm and has a fatal encounter with Santa’s sleigh.

Grandma Reindeer

Linda Garey of Crawford, Nebraska, won a $50,000 prize in the Nebraska Lottery's "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" scratch-off game. She received the ticket from her grandson as a Christmas gift.

So he bought the ticket in Lincoln before heading to Crawford, Nebraska, in the state’s northwest corner, for the family’s Christmas celebration. Lottery officials said in a press release that he gave it to Grandma Garey.

This time, Grandma had the last laugh.

When Garey scratched off the $5 ticket, she and her grandsons were stunned to find it was a winner of the top prize in the seasonal contest: $50,000 — beating odds of 104,000 to 1.

Garey’s grandsons took her to a lottery retailer in Crawford to make sure they had read it right.

They had.

Grandma Linda Garey

Linda Garey of Crawford, Nebraska, won the top prize in the “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” scratch-off game. She received the ticket from her grandson.

A few days later, they drove her to Lincoln — 450 miles away — to claim the prize.

Garey mentioned the song in her comment to lottery officials.

“Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” Garey said. “I’d say it’s an appropriate ticket.”

Garey was not the only Nebraskan to collect Christmas cash through the lottery.

Zaena and Brian Cusick of Fremont received a $10 Mega Crossword scratch ticket from Brian’s mother as a stocking-stuffer.

At first they thought the ticket had won $60, lottery officials said. But when they took it to a local supermarket to check, they learned they had won a $100,000 jackpot.

“He scanned it while I was getting some food,” Zaena Cusick said. “He waved me over to tell me, and I started crying right in Hy-Vee.”

The couple told lottery officials that they plan to pay off bills and then take their kids on a nice vacation.

“We’re going to be debt-free,” Zaena said.

Other recent winners:

Gloria Scheer of Omaha won $98,001 in the Dec. 22 Nebraska Pick 5 drawing. She purchased her ticket at the Baker’s supermarket at 5555 N. 90th St.

Nicholas Wiese of Omaha won $112,000 in the Dec. 9 Nebraska Pick 5 drawing. He purchased his ticket at the Hy-Vee supermarket at 10808 Fort St.


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