EDGEWOOD, Md. (CBSDC) - An Edgewood woman was rewarded for having poor vision Thursday, after mistakenly playing the wrong numbers in the lottery and winning $2 million.
It was a mistake in fortunes for Almerta Williams, a 55-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Baltimore, when she purchased her Powerball ticket Wednesday with the intention of playing numbers that matched birthdays in her family.
But it was a fated mistake; one that paid $2 million in dividends.
Williams said she had trouble seeing the playslip when she purchased it at Herb’s Deli and Spirits in Edgewood, but still remembered to add the Power Play option for an extra dollar, which doubled her prize from $1 million.
Her daughter read the earnings off to her, but apparently Williams’ eyesight is a trait she passed along.
“I incorrectly counted the zeroes and told my mom she had won $200,000,” said her daughter Brandi. “My brother said to check again and that’s when we realized it was actually $2 million!”
Together they called family members to alert them of the news, included Williams’ other daughter, but said she couldn’t wait to come in and claim her winnings.
“I had trouble sleeping because I kept thinking I didn’t want to lose the ticket,” she said. “I slept with my purse!”
Ms. Williams has big plans for the money – like buying a new house and an 80-inch TV – but says she plans to continue working as a custodian.
“I’ll also set aside money for my kids and grandkids,” said Williams. “But I’m getting that TV!”
Winning numbers for the record $579.9 million jackpot were drawn Wednesday evening, and officials say tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six winning numbers.