A WOMAN who won £82,000 on a scratch card attributed it to a ‘lucky charm’ she found a day earlier.
Senora Smallwood used it to scratch off the numbers to reveal her jackpot joy.
Senora, from Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, was so stunned when she won the $100,000 grand prize that she had to stop on her way home.
She attributes her win to a “lucky nickel” she received a day earlier.
Senora uses pre-2005 rare nickels to scratch off her tickets, believing them to bring her good luck.
And she happened upon one of the five-cent coins the day before she won her prize.
She bought a ticket at a gas station and used the coin to scratch off the numbers in her car.
But she says she still didn’t believe she’d actually won when she drove home to celebrate.
So she stopped to check if she had read the card correctly.
She recalled, “I know it couldn’t have won $100,000. I must have read that wrong.”
She then texted her sister in disbelief with a photo of the ticket: “Tell me this isn’t a $100,000 winner?”
Senora, 61, says she plans to put some of the money towards her new home and use the rest to pay for her granddaughter’s tuition.
The Maryland Lottery said: “Senora Smallwood from Silver Spring couldn’t wait to scratch her new batch of instant tickets.
In fact, she didn’t even get out of her car before she started scratching the games only to discover a $100,000 grand prize win on the $100,000 Extreme Cash instant ticket.
“The Montgomery County Scratch-off fan, still thinking about the lucky $30 instant ticket as he drove, ended up pulling the car over to the curb for a second look at the game.
“She confirmed her big win and texted her sister.”
The lottery operator added: “The lucky lady usually buys scratch cards four times a week and has been a loyal player for more than 20 years.
“She also has a superstition as she prefers to use old nickels from before 2005 to scratch off her instant tickets.
“Senora won $5,000 on a scratch card using an old nickel, but said the coins were difficult to find.
“She happened to get an old nickel the day before she won her $100,000 prize.”
Another player in Maryland won three times in five years, including $100,000 in June.
She revealed that her winning strategy is to research which scratch card games have been on offer for a long time without any big winners.
But she admitted it’s also down to luck – and superstition as to which shop she buys tickets from.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6869946/i-won-lottery-scratchcard-good-luck-charm/ I won over £82,000 on a lottery scratch card thanks to a lucky charm I received just a day before