First-time lottery player wins a $50,000 prize

Katelynne Berland bought a lottery ticket for the first time and won $50,000 from a Pick 4 drawing. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Lottery

May 3 (UPI) -- A Virginia woman bought a lottery ticket for the first time in her life and ended up winning a $50,000 prize.

Katelynne Berland of Yorktown told Virginia Lottery officials her mother asked her to pick up some lottery tickets from the 7-Eleven on Ottis Street in Yorktown.

She said the errand inspired her to buy her own first-ever lottery ticket for the April 14 daytime Pick 5 drawing.

She matched all five numbers: 2-9-4-2-3.

Berland's beginner's luck earned her a $50,000 prize. She said she will use her winnings to help pay for her sister's college tuition.