LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A woman whose family owns a market and deli in Herndon, Va., unknowingly sold herself a Mega Millions ticket worth $3 million and, as a result, won a $10,000 bonus for the store.

Glinda Salgado sells a lot of lotto tickets from behind the counter at Elden Market & Deli, according to a Virginia Lottery news release. When she heard a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at her store had won $3 million, she was excited.

“Oh good, somebody won. Yay!” she recalled thinking when she heard the news after the March 14 drawing.

“I didn’t think it was me, so I didn’t check my ticket,” she said.

When she finally did glance at her ticket, she realized that she matched all the numbers except the Mega Ball.

On Monday, Virginia Lottery Executive Director Paula Otto stopped by the store to present her with her prize, and to give the store the standard $10,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.

Salgado, who lives in Chantilly, said four of the numbers on her ticket are meaningful to her, and the remaining two were random. The odds of matching the first five numbers in Mega Millions are 1 in 18,492,204, according to lottery officials.

She says she has no immediate plans for her winnings.


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