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.