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Woman's Accidental Lottery Ticket Purchase Turns Into A Massive Payday

 A woman from Edgewater, New Jersey, Oksana Zaharov, stopped into a store in New York and asked the clerk for a $1 lottery ticket. When the clerk accidentally gave her a $10 ticket Zaharov "felt bad" for the clerk and bought the more expensive scratch off. 

The mother of two, said about the day:

 “When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad so I decided to just go ahead and buy it. I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”  

When she finally scratched the ticket she couldn't believe what she'd won. $5 million!

"I never win anything, I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real."

The winnings will be distributed over 20 years, with annual payments of  $180,000.  Zaharov  said she and her family were planning a trip to the Bahamas, but mostly she is excited for her children's future. 

 "They will have a loan-free college education." 

People wondered if the winner was going to give some money to the cashier. 


Let's hope Zaharov and her family enjoy their newfound wealth. 

H/T: Indy100