US woman buys scratchcard to prove to husband gambling a waste of money; wins $1 million instead

Ms Glenda Blackwell, 57, wanted to prove to her husband that gambling is a waste of money, but ended up winning US$1 million (S$1.39 million).
Ms Glenda Blackwell, 57, wanted to prove to her husband that gambling is a waste of money, but ended up winning US$1 million (S$1.39 million). PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM WLOS NEWS 13

NORTH CAROLINA - She bought a scratchcard to prove to her husband that gambling is a waste of money, but ended up winning US$1 million (S$1.39 million).

Ms Glenda Blackwell, 57, said she wanted to teach her husband a lesson after he asked for two Powerball tickets. Instead, she bought a US$10 scratchcard from a convenience store for herself on Saturday (Oct 22), reported WLOS News 13.

"I was going to be ugly and buy a scratch off to show him they didn't hit," said Ms Blackwell, who lives in Leicester, North Carolina.

"Sometimes I get aggravated with him, so I tell him he's just wasting his money.'"

But in an ironic twist of fate, she walked away with a winning scratchcard.

"I had to eat my words, but they were worth eating," she said.

Ms Blackwell chose to collect a lump sum of US$415,503 after taxes, instead of 20 yearly payments of US$50,000 as she is not sure she will live long enough due to health issues.

She plans to use part of the money to buy a home and land, and give some to her daughter and two granddaughters for college.

Despite Ms Blackwell's stroke of luck, the couple said they will not buy as many lottery tickets in the future.