Call it a lucky accident – with a big payout.
LaQuedra Edwards paid her $40 into a California Lottery vending machine at a Vons supermarket in Tarzana when “a rude person” bumped into her. She was planning to buy several of her favorite cheap tickets, but accidentally chose a $30 Scratcher.
“He just shoved me around, said nothing, and just walked through the door,” Edwards said in a statement, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the California Lottery.
But Edwards’ disappointment quickly gave way to elation. Once in her car, Edwards rubbed her 200X Scratchers ticket and then had to take a moment to register that she had in fact won the jackpot – $10 million.
“I didn’t really believe it at first, but I got on the 405 freeway and kept watching. [the ticket], and I almost crashed my car,” Edwards said. “I stopped, watched it over and over, scanned it with my [California Lottery mobile] app, and I kept thinking that couldn’t be true.
Whoever ran into Edwards at the Vons in November didn’t realize they had changed the course of her life and made her an instant millionaire.
“I’m still in shock,” Edwards said. “All I remember saying once I found out how much I had just made was, ‘I’m rich! “”
Edwards declined to give further interviews. The Vons Market where she inadvertently purchased her ticket will receive $50,000 for the sale of the ticket.