'Some Rude Person' Bumped Her—and She Won $10M

LaQuedra Edwards accidentally bought a winning ticket
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2022 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2022 5:40 PM CDT
A Man Jostled Her at the Lotto Machine. She Ended Up With $10M
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LaQuedra Edwards did not want to buy a $30 lottery scratch-off ticket. When she put her $40 into the California Lottery Scratchers vending machine at a Tarzana supermarket in November of last year, her plan was to buy her usual selection of lower-priced tickets. But then "some rude person" bumped into her, jostling her hand enough to cause her to push the button for a $30 200X Scratchers ticket, she says in a lottery statement. She wasn't pleased—until she scratched it off and discovered she'd won the game's top prize of $10 million.

"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," she says in the lottery statement. "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.'" But it was right, and Edwards says she will use the money to buy a house and launch a nonprofit organization. "I'm still in shock," she says. "All I remember saying once I found out how much I just won was, 'I'm rich!'" The store got a $50,000 bonus for selling the ticket. (Read more lottery stories.)

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