Mom convinces daughter to buy lottery ticket on road trip — then came the ‘I told you’

A New York woman was recently on a road trip with her family when she made a stop to get a drink for her daughter at a Maryland 7-Eleven.

While in the Silver Spring convenience store, the 26-year-old woman’s mom suggested she buy a lottery ticket, according to a March 28 Maryland Lottery news release. The woman was convinced and settled on a $20 scratch-off ticket

“My boyfriend and I never play tickets that cost more than $10, but I decided to do it, just this once,” she told lottery officials. “Mom always says, ‘You never know,’ and, man, was she right.”

When the lottery player got back to her car and scratched her ticket, she didn’t believe what she saw, according to officials. She had won a $50,000 top prize.

“I saw right away that I’d won $50,000, it was crazy. I showed my boyfriend and he agreed. I was stunned,” she said. “My mom couldn’t speak at first. Then she started screaming, ‘I told you, I told you. You never know!’”

The winner and her boyfriend plan to use their prize to get ready for the birth of their second child, officials said.

The winning ticket was bought at the 7-Eleven on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, less than 10 miles north of Washington, D.C.

If you or a loved one shows signs of gambling addiction, you can seek help by calling the national gambling hotline at 1-800-522-4700 or visiting the National Council on Problem Gambling website.

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