Carmella Hartman of Pittsburg has been known to pull pranks on her family by giving them fake lottery tickets.These fake tickets she has handed out reveal the player has won $10,000, but in reality, it’s just a joke.

Carmella Hartman of Pittsburg has been known to pull pranks on her family by giving them fake lottery tickets.These fake tickets she has handed out reveal the player has won $10,000, but in reality, it’s just a joke. You can imagine the response from Hartman’s family last Friday when she told them she had won a $10,000 top prize playing a $2 Centipede instant scratch ticket. They didn’t believe her.

“When I first realized I had won, I was still in the store,” said Hartman. “I started yelling, ‘I won! I won!’ I was so excited.”

According to Hartman, she spread the news of her big win, but no one wanted to believe her.

“My mom didn’t even believe me until I showed her the winning ticket,” said Hartman. “Once she looked into my eyes and saw me shaking, she knew I was telling the truth.”

After hiding her winning ticket in her purse over the weekend, Hartman claimed her top prize at Lottery headquarters in Topeka on Monday.

The 27-year-old Pittsburg resident, who works at Long John Silver’s, said she would like to fix her car with her winnings and help those who are less fortunate.

The winning ticket was purchased at Casey’s General Store 2893, located at 2912 N. Broadway in Pittsburg.