When Victoria Ethridge from Salina in Kansas, USA, went to buy some scratch cards, she had no idea a voyage into the unknown was about to take place. She won $30,000 on a Star Trek scratch card, even though she had no intention of buying one.
The 52-year-old went into a Kwik Shop in Salina intending to buy two $2 scratch cards. However, the clerk made a mistake and pulled out a couple of $5 Star Trek tickets cards. Although they weren’t the ones she’d asked for, Victoria decided to buy them anyway saying to the clerk, ‘They might be lucky’ and that’s exactly what they were as one of them won her the $30,000 top prize!
In New Jersey, Oksana Zaharov was handed a $5m winning Set for Life scratch card by a clerk, despite asking for another kind. Englishman Lee Kirk won £50,396 playing EuroMillions when he was supposed to be getting a UK Lotto ticket.
Ethridge didn’t scratch off her Star Trek ticket right away. “I was alone in the house when I scratched it, and what a shock!” said the delighted Star Trek scratch card winner. Her big win came a couple of days after celebrating Christmas, but she waited until February to claim her prize. The recent winner of a $2m Michigan Lottery Multiplier Spectacular scratch card prize took a month to claim his winnings
“I was trying to figure out what to do with it,” the Star Trek scratch card winner said with a laugh. “I took good care of it, believe me. It was in my purse and I kept the purse beside me at all times. I only let my husband touch the ticket once.”
It’s the latest big win in Kansas after Paul Miller scooped $25,000 on a Franklin’s Fortunes scratch card. Also celebrating was Robert Burel who won $10,000 on a $100,000 Crossword ticket.
Ethridge and her husband Robin have four grown children and 11 grandchildren between them. She works as a janitor at Genesis in Salina and plans to use some of her Star Trek scratch card winnings to buy a new car just like Michael McNair from North Carolina who wanted to purchase a perfect car after his $2m Powerball win.
The lucky Star Trek scratch card winner also plans to use some of her winnings to make some investments.
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