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Tracy Baber holds her check from the Hoosier Lottery for winning the $300,000 Cash For Life game.

Local scratch-off ticket yields $300,000 prize

– A woman visiting her mom in Fort Wayne spent $1 on a lottery ticket at a downtown convenience store and ended up bagging a $300,000 prize, Hoosier Lottery officials said Friday.

Late last week, Tracy Baber, her mother and a close friend stopped at the Clark gas station at 1011 Broadway, near West Washington Boulevard. Baber bought a Cash For Life scratch-off ticket that turned out to be worth $500 a week for life, lottery officials said.

Baber, a native of North Liberty, decided to take a lump sum of $300,000. With the money, she plans to live comfortably and maybe buy a home in North Liberty, a town southwest of South Bend in St. Joseph County, lottery officials said.

Baber is the second person to win the $1 Cash For Life game. Cash For Life players can buy $1, $2, $5 or $10 tickets, with prizes ranging from $500 a week for life to $5,000 a week for life.