California Woman Wins $10 Million From Scratch Lotto Ticket Bought By Accidentally Pressing A Button
LOS ANGELES – A rude bump at the grocery store briefly annoyed a California woman, but it ultimately turned her into a multi-millionaire.
LaQuedra Edwards said she went to a Los Angeles-area Vons supermarket to buy $40 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets from a vending machine.
She put the money in the machine, but as she was about to select the tickets to buy, “a rude person” bumped into her, causing her to accidentally press the button for a $30 “200X Scratchers” ticket.
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“He just shoved me around, didn’t say anything and just walked through the door,” Edwards said.
She was annoyed not just because of the person who met her, but because it meant she was spending 75% of her money on a ticket instead of being able to buy her usual selection of cheaper tickets.
This irritation did not last long.
She got in the car and scratched the $30 bill, only to realize that she had just won the top prize of $10 million.
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“I didn’t really believe it at first, but I got on the 405 freeway and kept looking at (the ticket) and almost crashed my car,” she said. “I stopped, watched it over and over, scanned it with my (California Lottery mobile) app, and I kept thinking, ‘That can’t be true. “”
“I’m still in shock,” she added. “All I remember saying once I found out how much I’d just made was, ‘I’m rich!'”
According to lottery officials, Edwards plans to use the prize money to start a non-profit organization and buy a house.
The grocery store where she bought her winning ticket received a $50,000 bonus.
FOX 11 Los Angeles contributed to this report.