A North Carolina woman who was given the wrong lottery scratch off game ticket is celebrating that small mistake in a big way.
Zerineia Carmichael of Goldsboro, North Carolina, wanted to buy the Carolina Panthers lottery game ticket Sunday, but the store clerk gave her a “777” scratch off game ticket instead, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a press release.
Carmichael said she would normally have asked the clerk to give her what she asked for, but she decided instead to keep it and hoped it would bring her some luck.
When she began scratching off the lottery card in her car, she thought she had only won $7. She said she kept scratching and continued seeing more sevens.
When she was done, Carmichael had won $277,777.
After state and federal taxes, she took home $195,837, part of which she said she plans to use to get a new car.