Wife Tries to Show What a Waste the Lotto Is, Wins $1M

Glenda Blackwell's humble pie probably tastes pretty good
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2016 10:22 AM CDT
Wife Tries to Show What a Waste the Lotto Is, Wins $1M
A good lesson, or a golden ticket?   (NC Education Lottery)

This was one lesson that really paid off. A North Carolina woman who bought a scratch-off ticket to prove to her husband that they're a waste of money hit a $1 million jackpot instead. Glenda Blackwell says her hubby, Buddy, told her to buy him two Powerball tickets last weekend at Suttles Quik Mart in Asheville, but she had another idea. She bought herself a Carolina Millions ticket that she hoped would prove a point. "I was going to be ugly and buy a scratch-off to show him they didn't hit," Blackwell tells WLOS. "Sometimes I get aggravated with him, so I tell him, 'You're just wasting your money.'" Indeed, the Washington Post reports one's chances of winning Powerball are roughly 1 in 292 million. But things didn't go as planned.

When the $10 ticket hit, the 57-year-old cut herself a fat slice of humble pie. "I had to eat my words, but they were worth eating." Blackwell, who opted to take a lump sum payment of $415,503 after taxes, says she's looking forward to no more money worries, and helping her two granddaughters pay for college. "We've struggled a lot, so now we can buy our own home and our own land," she says. Should anyone else want to try to teach his or her spouse a lesson, a press release notes that Carolina Millions, which launched in early October, still has seven of the eight top $1 million prizes up for grabs. (This woman found a winning lottery ticket while doing her taxes.)

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