Talking to strangers can be dangerous — unless their advice leads you to $100,000.
A 51-year-old woman in Silver Spring, Maryland, opted for a different lottery ticket than usual after a stranger at the grocery store suggested she switch it up.
The woman, who withheld her identity, said she usually buys a $1 or $2 lottery ticket every time she goes grocery shopping.
“It felt weird paying $5 for a lottery ticket, so I stuck to the lower-priced games,” she said. “I did pretty well with them, too."
But the wise stranger told her the more expensive tickets had better prizes, which led her to give it a shot.
“I figured, why not?” she said.
It was all thanks to his advice that she won the jackpot and became $100,000 richer.
"I always scratch my tickets at home, always,” she said. “But this time, I did it right there.”
The stranger was overjoyed.
"He started yelling,” she said. “There were a lot of people in there and in a minute or two, they were all gathering around to congratulate me."
She plans to put the money toward home renovation projects.