A Maryland woman took a bit of bad luck and turned it into gold, turning a fender bender into a $25,000 lottery prize to help buy a new vehicle.
On Valentine’s Day, a week after the accident, she stopped at a grocery store in Ellicott City and placed a 50-cent straight bet for the evening draw and the next day’s noon draw. She used some of the license plate numbers from her damaged vehicle.
The next day, she checked her smartphone’s lottery app and learned her good news.
“I called my friend and said, ‘Can you believe that?’ ” she says. His next stop was the grocery store to scan the ticket and verify the $25,000 prize.
The winner said she had already put down a deposit on a new convertible.
Players have won 14 prizes of $25,000 on consecutive 50-cent bets since the Pick 5 game launched on February 7, according to the press release.