Retired teacher wins $1M lottery off $1 ticket on her birthday

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Sue Swanson, a retired teacher from Illinois, said her birthday horoscope predicted good things were about to happen.

They certainly did, and to the tune of over a million dollars.

Swanson won $1,050,000 from a $1 Lucky Day Lotto ticket.

She'd purchased three of them from a local 7-Eleven on October 2, the day she turned 68, notes UPI.

One was a 5-number match, securing her the big win.

Her plans for the cash include buying a new car, having some home remodeling work done, and making charitable donations.

When claiming the prize money, Swanson said, "I want to thank the Illinois Lottery for the best birthday gift ever."

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$390 million (Mega Millions)


March 6, 2007
Winning tickets sold in Georgia and New Jersey

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$399.4 million (Powerball)


Sept. 18, 2013
Winning ticket sold in South Carolina

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$414 million (Mega Millions)

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier

March 18, 2014
Winning tickets sold in Maryland and Florida

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$425.4 million (Powerball)

B. Raymond Buxton

Feb. 19, 2014
Winning ticket sold in California

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$587.5 million (Powerball) 

Cindy and Mark Hill

Nov. 28, 2012
Winning tickets sold in Missouri and Arizona

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