by MARK MEMMOTT via npr.org
Kathy Scruggs of Lithonia, Ga., has won $15.1 million from the Powerball lottery.
And as it turns out, she didn’t even intend to buy a ticket for that game.
“I asked for a Mega Millions ticket, and the lady gave me a Powerball ticket,” the 44-year-old Scruggs says, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I just took it anyway. So I bought Powerball and Mega Millions.”
The jackpot was worth $25 million. According to Georgia Lottery officials, “Scruggs selected the cash option and will receive $15,124,017 before taxes.”
The story’s even more remarkable, though: Scruggs has been out of work several months. “I’ve been looking and looking and looking,” she tells the AJC. Now, she says, “I’m going to build my mom and grandmother a home” and plans to create foundations to help the homeless and give dental care to the poor.