Patricia Fields’ father once said to her that good things came to those who waited. Additionally he told her that if she was thankful for a little, some day she would have a lot.
The 48-year-old Woodstock resident could understand the true meaning of those words in December 2003.
Fields went to a local 7-Eleven to buy her usual lottery ticket. She said she just played for fun, only purchasing the occasional ticket when she could.
Over the years, she was not expecting to win anything, but when she did, it generally was a few bucks here and there. However, this time, she could hit the jackpot, winning $77,777 from a $5 scratch-off ticket in the Ruby Red Sevens game.
Joann Hoover, a sales clerk at the 7-Eleven, mentioned that Fields clutched her chest when she scratched the ticket, and said that she believed she had won. Hoover said she almost had a heart attack when she learned about the payout. Hoover said she was shocked, and that it had been hard for her to believe.
Fields said she took the ticket home and showed it to her son to be sure that her eyes weren’t playing tricks on her.
When she confirmed that it had been a winner, she and her son drove to the Virginia Lottery’s regional office in Harrisonburg to claim the cash. Hoover said she had sold some winning tickets that paid out $100 or even $500, however she had never heard of such a big payout at a convenience store in Woodstock. US lottery
Hoover said that she was just as excited as Fields was. According to Hoover, she was someone that deserved to win.
After experiencing a very difficult year in which her husband lost his job and they lost their home because they could not make the mortgage payments, Fields said that winning was a blessing from God. She and her husband had been living with their son, however she hoped to find an apartment of their own.
The only splurge she had allowed herself was a ring, but she said the rest was going into savings.
Described as a simple woman before she won, giving freely what she could to others, Fields insisted she didn’t intend for her winnings to change her.