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'Wrong' ticket nets Lithonia woman $25M
'Wrong' ticket nets Lithonia woman $25M

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A store clerk's mistake led to a Lithonia woman's $25 million lottery win.

Kathy Scruggs matched all of the winning numbers in the Sept. 14 Powerball drawing. She claimed her prize Monday at Georgia Lottery headquarters.

"I asked for a Mega Millions ticket and the lady gave me a Powerball ticket," she said of the lucky mistake. "I just took it anyway. So I bought Powerball and Mega Millions."

Scruggs discovered her good fortune the night after the drawing and woke up the entire house to help her celebrate.

"We were screaming and hollering, and everybody came running," she said. "I could not believe it."

After working a seasonal job during prom time, the 44-year-old Scruggs had been "looking and looking and looking" for steady employment. Now she plans to buy a car, travel, and help her family and others.

"I'm going to build my mom and grandmother a home," she said. "That's my first focus."

She also wants to start foundations to help the homeless and to provide dental assistance to those in need.

Scruggs' lucky numbers were 16-41-42-50-59 and the Powerball was 5. She bought the ticket at the Shell Food Mart on Memorial Drive in Decatur.

"I'm happy and grateful," she said. "I really am."

The lucky winner selected the cash option and will receive $15,124,017 before taxes.

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