A stroke of luck
A Los Angeles woman has won a life-changing sum of money after accidentally pressing the wrong button on a vending machine when buying lottery tickets.
$10m win from a $30 scratchcard
In a statement released on Wednesday, the California State Lottery revealed some of the startling details of the woman’s $10m win from a $30 scratchcard. It shared the statement via Twitter:
In November, LaQuedra Edwards attempted to purchase her normal lottery tickets at a supermarket in Tarzana, California when a strange occurrence took place. A random person bumped into her, causing Edwards to accidentally select the $30 scratchers ticket rather than her usual.
Commenting on the incident, Edwards said: “He just bumped into me, didn’t say a thing and just walked out the door.”
At first, Edwards said she was annoyed that she could not follow her plan to purchase numerous smaller-priced games. However, the 41-year-old’s feelings soon changed. After returning to her car, Edwards scratched the card and discovered that she had won the $10m top prize.
had to get off the highway for fear of crashing
Edwards initially struggled to believe that she had actually won the big prize. She told lottery officials that she had to get off the highway for fear of crashing due to her disbelief, checking the ticket over and over again using the California Lottery mobile app.
Following the big win, Edwards plans to use some of the money to purchase a house, as well as create a non-profit organization.
Other bizarre wins
It is not the first curious incident regarding a surprise big-money lottery win. In January, a Michigan woman happened to check the spam folder on her email only to discover that she had managed to win $3m in the lottery.
Even more recently, it was revealed that a Virginia woman accidentally threw away a ticket that had $110,000 in winnings. Thankfully, she soon realized that she had won and managed to retrieve it from the trash.