She scratched the ticket, and couldn’t believe her eyes.
“I thought I was seeing things,” laughed Henstridge. “Everyone in the house was asleep, so I didn’t want to wake them up.
“So I went for my run as per usual.”
Henstridge told The Telegram that although it was hard to keep it a secret, she didn’t tell her running group right away.
“It was so funny, because somehow, the girls started talking about what they would do if they won the lottery,” said Henstridge. “I didn’t want to say anything until I had verified the ticket.”
Henstridge finally made her way to a local convenience store to verify the ticket. She got the news she was hoping for — she was a millionaire.
Then there was a choice to be made. She could choose between receiving $100,000 a year for 20 years, or the lump sum of $1.5 million.
“I chose the $1.5 million,” said Henstridge. “I knew I wanted to be able to pay off my mortgage and live debt-free right away. So it was the best choice for me and my family.
“I think we’ll do a family vacation in Florida for Christmas. I’ll pack my bikini along with some salt beef.”