Talk about happy accidents. A Los Angeles woman had her life changed forever when an accidental run-in with a stranger led to her winning a $10 million prize, the California State Lottery said Wednesday.
LaQuedra Edwards was buying her usual lottery tickets at a Vons Supermarket in Tarzana, California, in November when a stranger bumped into her and caused her to accidentally select a $30 scratchers ticket instead of her usual purchase, the California State Lottery said in a press release announcing the win.
“He just bumped into me, didn’t say a thing and just walked out the door,” Edwards said in the release.
According to the release, she was temporarily annoyed at the purchase because she couldn’t buy multiple smaller-priced games as she had planned.
But after playing the game in her car, Edwards realized she won its top prize of $10 million, a win she couldn’t believe.
“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 said in the release. “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,” she said. “I’m still in shock. All I remember saying once I found out how much I just won was, ‘I’m rich!”
The release said Edwards plans to use the funds to buy a house and start a nonprofit organization.