Woman wins the lottery using her dead son’s birthday numbers – only to realize she threw away the lottery ticket

Mary Elliott panicked when she realized she had thrown away her lottery ticket.

Did her husband take out the trash? would they find it Had she lost the grand prize?

Elliott, 67, had bought the $2 ticket to the Virginia Lottery Cash 5 game featuring EZ Match the day before at a Food Lion grocery store in Dillwyn, Va., state lottery officials said in a statement that was released last week.

She used relatives’ birthdays, including the birthday of her son who died a few years ago, to choose her numbers for the February 24 drawing.

Her chances of winning the $110,000 (£75,000) prize were slim. According to the Virginia Lottery, the odds of matching all five numbers were just under 1 in 750,000.

But Elliott told it The Washington Post She felt the urge to play the Cash 5 game even though she hadn’t done so in over a decade.

“I just don’t think people are just lucky,” she said. “I think if God has something for you, he will make sure you get it.”

The winning numbers were drawn that evening, a Thursday, but Elliott didn’t realize it. Instead, she spent most of the next day waiting for what she thought was her drawing. She kept checking the lottery’s website throughout the evening – but still no new numbers turned up.

Then it dawned on her – she had been waiting for a draw that had taken place 24 hours earlier. When she looked at Thursday’s winning numbers, they agreed with hers.

The physical sensation that overcame Elliott was like nothing she had ever experienced. As a diabetic, she compared it to her blood sugar slump. She became nervous, hyperactive, happy – all at once.

“I was just shaking,” she said The post.

But now she had to find the ticket.

Earlier that night she had picked it up with several lost tickets to another lottery game and thrown it away. She and her husband ran into the utility room in a panic. She went to the trash can, rummaged around and brought the ticket back to life – now with coffee stains.

Elliott used her phone to scan the ticket’s barcode – although she had the correct numbers, it said she wasn’t a winner.

Her husband suggested that she let the ticket dry. About two hours later she tried again. This time her phone confirmed her suspicion: the ticket was indeed a winner.

Later, a salesperson told her that she had hit a big payout, and lottery officials eventually informed her that she had won $110,000.

Elliott isn’t the only lottery player who almost missed a big payday because of a lost or discarded ticket. Last March, a Tennessee man won $1.2 million but lost the winning ticket and had to retrace his steps to find it lying on the floor.

That same month, Massachusetts convenience store owners reunited a million-dollar lottery ticket with the woman who threw it, believing it was a loser.

And earlier this year, a 55-year-old woman didn’t know she’d won the $3 million Mega Millions prize until she checked her spam folder for an email from the Michigan Lottery.

Elliott, a retired health care worker, said her win wasn’t lucky — it was all part of something much bigger than her.

So is your next step. said Eliot The post that she has already received her lottery winnings but has not yet spent them. She is looking for divine inspiration.

“I’m waiting for God’s plan,” she said.

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