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Va. store owner sells $3 million lottery ticket to herself

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When Glinda Salgado heard that the winner of a $1 million Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased it at her family store in Herndon, she was excited.

She never imagined it was her own ticket.

The drawing, held on March 14, revealed that a winning ticket was sold at her store, Elden Market & Deli — but nearly two weeks went by with no winner coming forward.

Then, Salgado realized she hadn't checked her own ticket — and discovered the winner was actually herself.

"I didn't think it was me, so I didn't check my ticket," she said.

Salgado's ticket matched the first five numbers in the March 14 Mega Millions drawing — but, since she spent an extra $1 for the Megaplier, she actually won a total of $3 million.

The winning numbers were 7, 20, 40, 54, and 69, with Mega Ball number 12. The only number she didn't match was the Mega Ball number.

Lottery officials presented Salgado, who is from Chantilly, with the check for her winnings on Monday at the store.  She said she picked four of her numbers based on numbers that are important to her, and two others at random.  Had she matched that final number, she would have won a Mega Millions jackpot estimated at $353 million.

The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204.

Salgado says she doesn’t have any immediate plans for her winnings.

Some people might say the store, located at 1411 Elden St., is in a lucky area — it's just a block or two away from the Giant store where a $107 million Mega Millions jackpot was won in 2011.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 p.m.

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Posted: March 25, 2014, 7:08 am - IP Logged

Good a.m. all! Ha...I would be excited too! Shocked

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    Posted: March 25, 2014, 7:15 am - IP Logged

    Crazy

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      Posted: March 25, 2014, 7:22 am - IP Logged

      ...jejejeje probably now that she won, she'll be watching the lottery machine and be buying more just to hit the big one!Hyper

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        Posted: March 25, 2014, 7:35 am - IP Logged

        I bet her store will be going up for sale in the not so distant future.Big Grin

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          I bet her store will be going up for sale in the not so distant future.Big Grin

          Skeptical I doubt it, but then I figgure she'll probably end up taking longer and longer vacations

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            Skeptical I doubt it, but then I figgure she'll probably end up taking longer and longer vacations

            I doubt that, I think she'll be watching her lottery machine like a hawk to win the big one.Smash

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              I doubt that, I think she'll be watching her lottery machine like a hawk to win the big one.Smash

              ...seriousley, I am guessing she'll be getting more inventory since she's expecting that her sales would go up due to her winning the lottery.Smile

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                Posted: March 25, 2014, 8:15 am - IP Logged

                Congrats to the lucky gal, enjoy!Party

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                  Posted: March 25, 2014, 8:31 am - IP Logged

                  BedYawn...I'm still sleepy, it's only 6:30 a.m. here jejejeje

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                    Posted: March 25, 2014, 8:40 am - IP Logged

                    "I didn't think it was me, so I didn't check my ticket," she said  Hit With Stick

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                      Posted: March 25, 2014, 8:55 am - IP Logged

                      Oh boy, here come the conspiracy theorists. She bought{sold to herself} a $3m lottery ticket, in her family store?.............CONSPIRACY?  RIGGED?  Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!.

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                        Oh boy, here come the conspiracy theorists. She bought{sold to herself} a $3m lottery ticket, in her family store?.............CONSPIRACY?  RIGGED?  Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!.

                        Not when she hit on her #s.

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                            Posted: March 25, 2014, 9:40 am - IP Logged

                            The odds of winning millions in lottery is high already and the odds of selling it to yourself is higher but pls don't tell me your husband name is petel that will make me suspicious lol