It was a huge mistake, but one with a silver lining for a woman who says her winning $25 million lottery ticket wasn't the one she originally wanted.
Kathy Scruggs, 44, from Lithonia Georgia, says a store clerk mistakenly sold her a lottery ticket for a different game than the one requested.
"I asked for a Mega Millions ticket and the lady gave me a Powerball ticket," Ms. Scruggs told the Georgia Lottery.
"I just took it anyway," she says, ending up purchasing both types.
That Powerball ticket, however, contained the complete set of winning numbers.
"We were screaming and hollering, and everybody came running," she describes the morning after the September 14th drawing.
She says her entire house and family were woken by her excitement.
"I could not believe it," she explains.
Nineteen days later, Ms. Scruggs claimed her winnings in Atlanta.
Previously only carrying a seasonal job which ended following Prom time, Ms. Scruggs says she has been continuously looking for work.
"I've been looking and looking and looking," she told the lottery.
But following her multi-million win, she now expects to be gainfully busy.
"I'm going to build my mom and grandmother a home," she to told the lottery. "That's my first focus."
With the winning money she also plans to treat herself to a new car, travel, as well as to help others.
Her current desire in giving back is for a new homeless foundation.
Ms. Scruggs says she'd also like to use some of the money to provide dental assistance to the needy.
"I'm happy and grateful," she tells the Georgia Lottery. "I really am."
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