Ga. woman wins $25 million lottery with 'wrong' ticket - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ga. woman wins $25 million lottery with 'wrong' ticket

A cashier's big mistake ended with Kathy Scruggs holding an even bigger check! A cashier's big mistake ended with Kathy Scruggs holding an even bigger check!

A Georgia woman has a store clerk's mistake to thank for making her $25 million richer. Kathy Scruggs, 44, matched all of the winning numbers in the Sept. 14 Georgia Powerball drawing after trying to purchase a ticket.  

"I asked for a Mega Millions ticket, and the lady gave me a Powerball ticket," Scruggs explained. "I just took it anyway. So I bought Powerball and Mega Millions."

Scruggs discovered her good fortune the night after the drawing. "We were screaming and hollering, and everybody came running," she said. "I could not believe it." She woke up her entire house.

Scruggs was looking for work after a seasonal job during prom time, but now says she's going to buy a car, travel and help family and friends.

Scruggs had been trying to find employment after seasonal work in prom items ended. Now she has other focuses.

"I'm going to build my mom and grandmother a home," she said. "That's my first focus."

She also wants to start foundations to help the homeless and to provide dental assistance to those in need. 

"I'm happy and grateful," she said. "I really am."

Scruggs selected the cash option and will receive $15,124,017 before taxes.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Georgia Lottery Corp.

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