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Wife of Furloughed Federal Employee Wins Lottery

Carrie Walls, whose husband was hit by shutdown, wins $100K and an SUV
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2019 8:25 AM CST
Carrie Walls, with her new car and check.   (Virginia Lottery)

(Newser) – It's never a bad time to win the lottery, but a Virginia woman's lucky ticket arrived at an especially good moment. Carrie Walls' scratch-off ticket won $100,000 and an SUV in a state contest, and Walls' husband just happens to be one of the federal employees who has been furloughed without pay during the government shutdown, reports USA Today. "I cried, I couldn't believe it," says Walls, herself an Air Force veteran. Her husband's job and name were not revealed. So what now? The family is going to Disney World, of course, reports NBC Washington. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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