Woman wins $1 million in lottery after canceled flight left her looking to ‘pass the time’


There are worse ways to wait.

While having a flight canceled is usually an inconvenience, it worked out very well for one woman in Florida. While trying to figure out what to do, she decided to pick up a lottery ticket from a convenience store.

She ended up picking a $1 million winner.

There are worse ways to wait.

There are worse ways to wait.
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Angela Caravella, from Kansas City, Mo., opted for the one-time, lump-sum payment of $790,000, according to a press release from the Florida Lottery. She bought the scratch-off game ticket from a Publix in Brandon, which is located near Tampa.

Earlier that day, her flight had been canceled, which is what caused her to go to Publix in the first place.

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Caravella told the Florida Lottery, “I had a feeling something bizarre was going to happen after my flight was cancelled unexpectedly. I bought a few Scratch-Off tickets to pass the time and just like that – I won $1 million!”

The store that she purchased the ticket from will receive a bonus $2,000 for selling the winning ticket. Caravella claimed her prize at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.

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According to the Florida Lottery, scratch-off games are responsible for about 75% of ticket sales in the state’s lottery. The games have generated over $1 billion for the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund in 2019-2020.

Overall, the Florida Lottery has contributed more than $39 billion to various education programs or funds in the state and has helped fund scholarships for over 880,000 students.

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Since 1988, more than 3,000 people have become millionaires from playing the Florida lottery.



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