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Woman Wins $10 Million Lottery After Accidentally Pressing Wrong Button: NPR


The jackpots, including the Powerball jackpot, are on display in California.

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Woman Wins  Million Lottery After Accidentally Pressing Wrong Button: NPR

The jackpots, including the Powerball jackpot, are on display in California.

John Locher/AP

When a stranger crosses paths with you, you might get an apology. LaQuedra Edwards got $10 million.

Last November, Edwards had just put $40 into a lottery ticket vending machine in a Los Angeles supermarket when “a rude person” bumped into her, causing her to accidentally press the wrong number on the machine.

“He just shoved me around, didn’t say anything and just walked through the door,” Edwards said.

She usually buys cheaper tickets, but the accidental button press meant she bought a $30 200X Scratchers ticket. Edwards said she was annoyed because she had just lost most of her money on a single ticket.

But once in her car, she started scratching the $30 bill and realized she had won the top prize of $10 million.

“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,” Edwards said. “I stopped, watched it over and over, scanned it with my app (California Lottery mobile) and kept thinking it couldn’t be true.”

Edwards said she was going to use her winnings to buy a house and start a nonprofit.

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