Accident Worth Millions

California woman accidentally wins $10 million.

Grace Hayag, Staff Relations Manager

LaQuedra Edwards, of Los Angeles County, was at Von’s Grocery in Tarzana, CA when she came across a California Lottery Scratchers vending machine. She placed $40 into the machine and while choosing which games she wanted, “some rude person” bumped into her. 

“He bumped into me, didn’t say a thing and just walked out the door,” Edwards said. 

When the stranger bumped into her, he caused her to push a number she had not intended to on the machine. A $30 200X Scratchers ticket came out. When she returned to her car, she began scratching the ticket. Then she realized she had won $10 million—the game’s top prize. 

“I didn’t really believe it at first, but I got on the 405 Freeway and kept looking down at (the ticket) and I almost crashed my car,” Edwards said. 

Still in shock, she continued to express her disbelief.

“I pulled over, looked at it again and again, scanned it with my (California Lottery mobile) app and I just kept thinking, ‘This can’t be right’,” Edwards said. 

Von’s Grocery, the supermarket where Edwards purchased the ticket that won her fortune, received a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. 

Edward planned on using her winnings to buy a house and launch a nonprofit organization.

“All I remember saying once I found out how much I just won was, ‘I’m rich!’” Edwards said. 

She purchased the tickets last November and state lottery officials just announced her winnings in a news release. 

This accident turned out to be a dream come true for Edwards. She went from just a normal Los Angeles County resident to a multi-millionaire by the luck of simply being bumped into at a California Lottery Scratchers machine. 

This just proves that even though accidents are unavoidable, they are not always bad. From such a simple occurrence, Edwards had her life changed in an instant.