A recent Georgia lottery winner beat the odds twice when she won a $25 million Powerball jackpot, not just overcoming the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot - which are about 195 million to 1 - but doing so only because of a mistake by the clerk selling the ticket.
The winner Kathy Scruggs had asked for a Mega Millions ticket for a different lottery but the clerk mistakenly printed out a ticket for the Powerball drawing; Scruggs decided to just go ahead and take both tickets, a decision that would make her an instant millionaire.
Like many lotto winners, Scruggs didn't immediately realize that the clerk had made a $25 million mistake in her favor, only realizing the next day that she held the winning ticket.
"We were screaming and hollering, and everybody came running," Scruggs said in a Georgia Lottery news release. "We couldn't believe it." She chose the cash option and will receive $15,124,017 before taxes, according to the Georgia Lottery.
The money couldn't have come at a better time for Scruggs, who was unemployed and looking for work after her seasonal job had ended. Her plans for the winnings include building a home for her mother and grandmother, starting foundations for the homeless, and providing dental assistance for the needy.
Baljt Suddan - the clerk working at the time the ticket was sold - didn't recall specifically selling the ticket to Scruggs but noted that mixups are fairly common.
"Sometimes it happens," Suddan said. "They ask for something, and by mistake we give them something else. It was a blessing for her."