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Maryland woman chose $100,000 lottery ticket with her eyes closed

An Upper Marlboro, Md., woman said the scratch-off lottery ticket that won her a $100,000 jackpot was selected at random from a vending machine while her eyes were closed. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
An Upper Marlboro, Md., woman said the scratch-off lottery ticket that won her a $100,000 jackpot was selected at random from a vending machine while her eyes were closed. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 13 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman who won $100,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket said she closed her eyes and selected the ticket at random from a vending machine.

The 51-year-old Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, woman told Maryland Lottery officials she was at the Marlboro Village Exxon gas station in Upper Marlboro when the store's new touch-screen lottery vending machine caught her attention.

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The woman told officials she put $20 into the machine, closed her eyes and selected what turned out to be a $10 Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scratch-off game.

The player said she scratched the ticket off later in the evening while on the phone with her mother.

"Right in the middle of our call I started hollering, 'Thank you, Jesus!'" the winner recalled.

The randomly selected ticket was a $100,000 winner.

The woman said she plans to use some of the money to build a "deluxe she shed" and the rest will go into her retirement savings.

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