A lucky woman who swapped two numbers in her favourite lottery combo was left shaking in shock when she realised she had hit the winning set of numbers while doing her nails.
The woman identified only as the ‘Grateful Winner’ from the area of Forestville, Maryland State, USA, was reportedly getting a manicure when she realised she won 50,000 (GBP 39,310) on the midday drawing on 23rd June.
The federal government worker said she was so shocked after checking the tickets on her phone, that the manicurist noticed something odd had happened to her.
Excited over the win, she even dropped the winning ticket, after which the manicurist picked it up and told her to sign it on the back.
‘Grateful Winner’ said in a statement obtained by Newsflash from Maryland Lottery: “My eyes started to water. I was shaking and I couldn’t see.”
She revealed she had played the 56389 combination on the Pick 5 game for more than a year before she decided to switch numbers 5 and 6.
The lucky lady said: “I just started playing that number last week and I couldn’t believe it!”
‘Grateful Winner’ said she got the idea to swap the numbers’ places after reading an earlier winner’s story on the lottery website.
She told how the player had spotted a pattern in the game’s former drawings, after which he rotated some of his numbers that ultimately led him to a USD 50,000 (GBP 39,310) win on 26th May.
‘Grateful Winner’ then began looking for similar patterns in the winning numbers and noticed that the number 6 was the first digit drawn four times from 5th to 21st June.
The grand win followed after she placed a USD 1 (GBP 0.8) bet on the new combo for both drawings that day.
At lottery headquarters, the woman revealed she would use the money to pay the bills.
Lottery officials announced that the 7-Eleven retailer in District Heights would receive a USD 500 (GBP 393) bonus for making the lucky sale.