MANTECA, Calif., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A California woman said she thought her Powerball lottery ticket was worth $1 and then $785 before a clerk hugged her and said the total was actually $785,000.
Denice Harvey, 58, of Manteca, said she was scanning her scratch-off tickets and draw game receipts at a lottery Check-A-Ticket kiosk when she came across one that didn't seem to say, "Sorry, not a winner."
"I'm blind, I can barely see," Harvey said.
She sought assistance from a clerk at the Oakdale store to take a closer look at the ticket from the July 30 drawing.
"I was telling him that I think I won a dollar. So he [scanned it] and his eyes got humongous! He came around [the counter] and picked me up and hugged me and said I won $785,000!" Harvey said. "I thought he said I won 785 dollars! Hey, I was [still] happy but he said, 'No! $785,000!' My legs went limp and here I am. I can't even win a bar of soap at a freaking baby shower!"
Harvey, who said she lost her home and car after her husband's recent death, said she already has plans for her winnings.
"I'm going to be able to buy a little house! You know, nothing fancy. All I care about is having a place for my children and grandchildren to come see me -- keep [the grandchildren] overnight!" she said.