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Mom's mistake about child's age leads to $78,000 lottery jackpot

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Ben Hooper
A Michigan woman said a mistake about her daughter's age led her to win a $78,000 lottery jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery
A Michigan woman said a mistake about her daughter's age led her to win a $78,000 lottery jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Lottery

April 23 (UPI) --

A Michigan woman said she owes her $78,000 lottery jackpot to a mistake she made about her own child's age.

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Antoinette Ousley of Inkster was one of two people to match all numbers in the Fantasy Five drawing April 15, earning her half of the $156,090 jackpot, $78,045.

Ousley told Michigan Lottery officials she recognized her numbers right away when she checked the Michigan Lottery app.

"I was eating dinner and remembered I had to check the winning numbers from the drawing the night before. I pulled them up on the Lottery app, and right when I saw them I knew I won," Ousley said. "I started hyperventilating because I was so excited."

Ousley said she quickly realized that making a mistake had led her to the prize.

"I play the same set of numbers every day, which are a combination of my kids birth dates and ages. One of them just had a birthday and I forgot to switch the number '19' to '20,' but it ended up paying off!" she said.

The winner said she is planning to use her winnings to buy a house.

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"It is awesome to win such a big prize, I feel so blessed," Ousley said.

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