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Woman wins $100,000 on her first-ever Powerball ticket

By Ben Hooper
A Louisiana woman who bought her first-ever Powerball ticket to celebrate her birthday ended up winning a $100,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Lottery
A Louisiana woman who bought her first-ever Powerball ticket to celebrate her birthday ended up winning a $100,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Lottery

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A Louisiana woman said her late husband's birthday earned her a $100,000 prize from the first Powerball ticket she ever purchased.

Betty Cooley of Lafayette told Louisiana Lottery officials she decided to buy her first-ever Powerball ticket from the Smoke Shop in Lake Charles to celebrate her birthday.

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The ticket, which bore the date of her late husband's birthday, ended up winning her $100,000.

"I couldn't believe it!" Cooley said. "This was the first time I've ever played!"

She said she is making plans for her winnings.

"I'm going to buy my son a vehicle... He really needs one!" the winner said.

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