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Little Rock resident hits jackpot with second lottery ticket

Monette and Brinkley residents win big in Arkansas lottery draws

Little Rock, Arkansas – A Pulaski County resident, A. Nelson from Little Rock, recently claimed a significant lottery jackpot. Nelson won $41,542 with a mere $5 investment in the AR Progressive Jackpot Fast Play game.

The winning ticket was purchased at Nikki Food Mart, located at 10401 Arch St. in Little Rock. Nelson’s winning moment came during a routine visit to the service station, where she initially bought an AR Progressive Jackpot ticket that did not win. Undeterred by the setback and prompted by a gut feeling, she decided to try her luck once more.

“Just give me one more,” Nelson requested, a decision that led to her winning the jackpot. Her second ticket displayed the three matching Arkansas symbols required to clinch the $41,542 prize. Overjoyed with her win, Nelson shared her excitement with her daughter, who inquired whether she would collect her prize the next day. “No, I’m going today!” Nelson responded, eager to claim her winnings without delay.

Nelson has practical plans for her newfound fortune; she intends to use the money to pay bills and fund home renovations. However, her lottery adventures are far from over. Nelson plans to continue playing, with hopes set on winning bigger prizes in other games such as LOTTO or the Natural State Jackpot.

The Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) has reached a record-tying high of $520,000, matching the largest jackpot ever won in the game’s history back in June 2022. The NSJ, known for its substantial payouts, transitioned to daily draws in April 2024, a move designed to produce higher and faster-growing jackpots. Drawings are held nightly at 8 p.m., with ticket sales closing just one minute before.

Lottery enthusiasts can purchase NSJ tickets through licensed Arkansas lottery retailers, the Jackpocket app,, and To win the jackpot, players must match all five numbers drawn from a pool of 1 to 39. Following a jackpot win, the prize resets to $50,000 and increases with each draw until it reaches $100,000, after which it grows by $10,000 increments until claimed.

Winners have up to 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes. For more details about the Arkansas lottery and its various games, interested parties are encouraged to visit

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