As she began her Christmas shopping at the Natick Mall over the weekend, a Massachusetts woman decided to add some lottery tickets to her purchases of the day, and ended up winning a $ 4 million prize.
According to a press release from the Massachusetts State Lottery, Lowell's Neang Peov was having lunch with her husband, Brunith, in the food court, when she saw the Happy Corner store and decided to try her luck with some tickets.
After she scraped her $ 10 "100X" instant ticket, she became the second winner of the $ 4 million prize in the state since sales began for the game on June 19, according to the statement.
She claimed the prize with her husband at the lottery headquarters on Monday morning and chose the cash option for a one-time payment of $ 2.6 million (before taxes).
Peov told officials he plans to use the money to pay off the couple's mortgage and invest in retirement, the statement said.
Happy Corner will receive a $ 40,000 bonus for the sale, according to the statement. Three additional $ 4 million games and 10 $ 1 million prizes are still in play in the "100X" game.