She won’t have to worry about government shutdowns stopping her paydays any longer.
Judith Smith, who had been a furloughed federal employee, finally claimed her $29.5 million jackpot she won from the New Jersey Lottery, The Associated Press reported.
Park ranger Smith bought the ticket Dec. 17, a few days before the government shutdown on Dec. 22.
The shutdown lasted a record 35 days before the government reopened.
Smith is from Bayonne, New Jersey, and worked at the Fort Wadsworth recreation area in Staten Island, New York, the AP reported.
It was the largest Pick-6 jackpot for New Jersey since May 2004.