A woman who accidentally pushed the wrong button on a lottery vending machine when someone bumped into her ended up winning $10million.
LaQuedra Edwards said she put $40 into a California Lottery Scratchers vending machine at a Vons supermarket in Tarzana and was about to pick the game she wanted when ‘some rude person’ bumped into her.
The stranger who bumped into her in November caused her to select a number she did not mean to elect, and the machine produced a $30 200X Scratchers ticket.
‘He just bumped into me, didn’t say a thing and just walked out the door,’ said Edwards, according to the California Lottery on Wednesday.
Edwards recalled being irritated because of the bump and spending 75% of the money she set aside to play the lottery on a single ticket. She had intended to select lower-priced games, as is her custom.
She then went to her car and began scratching the $30 ticket, to find that she won the top prize of $10million.
‘I didn’t really believe it at first, but I got on the 405 Freeway and kept looking down at (the ticket) and I almost crashed my car,’ Edwards stated.
‘I pulled over, looked at it again and again, scanned it with my (California Lottery mobile) app and I just kept thinking, “This can’t be right.”‘
Edwards plans to use the fortune to buy a house and start a nonprofit organization.
‘I’m still in shock,’ she said. ‘All I remember saying once I found out how much I just won was, “I’m rich!”‘
The Vons was awarded a $50,000 bonus for selling Edwards a winning ticket.
Tarzana is a suburb northwest of the city of Los Angeles.
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