However Elliott instructed The Washington Publish she felt a pull to play the Money 5 sport, regardless of not having accomplished so in additional than a decade. “I simply don’t suppose persons are simply fortunate,” she mentioned. “I believe that if God’s obtained one thing for you, he’s going to see that you simply get it.”
The profitable numbers have been drawn that evening, a Thursday, however Elliott didn’t notice it. As a substitute, she spent a lot of the subsequent day ready for what she thought was her drawing. She checked the lottery’s web site many times all through the night — however nonetheless no new numbers popped up.
Then, it dawned on her — she had been ready for a drawing that had occurred 24 hours earlier. When she checked out Thursday’s profitable numbers, they matched hers.
The bodily sensation that struck Elliott was like nothing she’d ever skilled. A diabetic, she in contrast it to her blood sugar crashing. She obtained nervous, hyper, joyful — abruptly.
“I used to be simply shaking,” she instructed The Publish.
However now she needed to discover the ticket.
Earlier that evening, she’d scooped it up with a number of dropping tickets for a unique lottery sport and thrown them out. She and her husband raced to the utility room in a panic. She went to the rubbish can, dug round and resurrected the ticket — now stained with espresso.
Elliott used her cellphone to scan the ticket’s bar code — regardless of having the proper numbers, it mentioned she was not a winner.
Her husband urged she let the ticket dry out. About two hours later, she tried once more. This time, her cellphone confirmed her hunch: The ticket was, in reality, a winner. Later, a retailer clerk instructed her she’d hit a giant payout, and lottery officers finally knowledgeable her of the $110,000 win.
Elliott isn’t the one lottery participant who almost missed out on a giant payday due to a misplaced or discarded ticket. Final yr in March, a Tennessee man received $1.2 million however misplaced the profitable ticket, requiring him to retrace his steps to seek out it mendacity on the bottom. That month, comfort retailer homeowners in Massachusetts reunited a million-dollar lottery ticket with the lady who had tossed it as a result of she thought it was a loser. And early this yr, a 55-year-old girl didn’t know she’d received the $3 million Mega Thousands and thousands prize till she checked her spam folder to seek out an electronic mail from the Michigan Lottery.
Elliott, a retired health-care employee, mentioned that her win was not luck — it’s all a part of one thing a lot larger than her.
So is her subsequent step. Elliott instructed The Publish that, though she’s already acquired her lottery prize, she hasn’t spent it. She’s holding out for divine inspiration.
“I’m ready on God’s plan,” she mentioned.