Woman thanks Santa for $50,000 lottery ticket in her stocking

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Jan. 18, 2018 at 12:31 PM
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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Delaware woman said she has Santa Claus to thank for a $50,000 winning lottery ticket she received in her Christmas stocking.

The Wilmington woman told Delaware Lottery officials that Santa -- aka her mother -- placed scratch-off lottery tickets in the Christmas stockings she filled for her three children.

The woman said she was surprised -- and her brothers were "extremely jealous" -- when the Play Money ticket won her a $50,000 jackpot.

"My first reaction was definitely shock," the woman said. "I thought I definitely didn't win and that there was some sort of catch."

The woman said she quietly composed herself and announced to her family: "Apparently, I won $50,000."

The winner said she is making plans for her winnings.

"I'll save some money for travel, donate some to charity, and tuck the rest away for the future," she said.

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