A supply chain analyst has revealed her secrets of knowing exactly when to buy a lottery ticket.
Becky Bell, a Washington state resident, knew exactly when to buy a ticket — she noticed the signs while grocery shopping.
Bell’s expertise is not an exact science – she felt confident in the connection between her work and the numbers on the lottery screen.
Bell is a supply chain analyst for Boeing – a company that designs, manufactures and sells aircraft.
The company is known for its 747 jumbo jet production.
Bell realized the Powerball jackpot had an estimated prize of $747 million.
The convergence of their work and the number on the screen forced the mother to buy a ticket.
“That’s when it hit me,” Bell said.
“I had to buy another ticket.”
It just so happened that it was the lucky sign.
Bell’s ticket ended up being the sole winner of the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball history.
The ticket was the biggest price ever for a Powerball in Washington state.
Bell won $754,550,826 on the ticket before taxes and fees.
She frequently participated in lottery games, putting up $20 each week to play in multiple games.
Bell tried to win frequently, spending $6 on Powerball and Mega Millions tickets, $5 on Hit 5, and $3 on Lotto.
Grocery store Fred Meyer won $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Fred Meyer donated the funds to the local Auburn Food Bank.
“I just broke down and cried”
Bell didn’t realize she’d won the grand prize until she was at work the next day.
“I was practically working the next day, getting ready for my 6:20 a.m. meeting. As I scrolled over the news widget it popped up and I saw a story about selling the winning ticket in Auburn and I thought, ‘That might.’ “I be,” Bell told lottery officials.
“After my meeting, I scanned my first ticket and realized it wasn’t a winner. Then I scanned the second ticket and it said ‘Winning ticket. Claim with the lottery office.” So I knew I had won at least $600, which was pretty exciting.”
After scanning the lottery app, Bell found that she had won well over $600.
“I’ve never won more than $20 in my life,” she said.
“So you can imagine my shock when I realized what had just happened. I just broke down and cried.”
Lottery players struggling with problem gambling can call the National Gambling Hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visit the National Council on Problem Gambling website.
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