Gloria Lawson isn’t a big Lottery player. In fact, Wednesday night was the first time she had played in two years. So you can imagine her confusion when she was watching the news and she saw that the numbers on her ticket and the winning numbers matched almost exactly. “I saw the numbers and I couldn’t believe it so I woke up my eight-year-old and had him read them to me again,” she explained. Still not believing her eyes, she called a friend and asked her to read them to her as well. Finally, she realized she won, and then what did she do? “I paced and didn’t get much sleep,” she confessed.
The retired Navy Yeoman says she woke her son up because he knew what the numbers were – he chose them. “I asked him to tell me his favorite five numbers and he did,” Lawson said. The Powerball number was the only one they missed and Lawson chose it herself. Her son says he picked those numbers “because they just looked good.” And they were – almost $300,000 good! What does one do the day after she realizes she won that much money? “I went to work because I had to sing at a retirement party,” she said, right before breaking into the song she sung, “America the Beautiful.” Her son spoke up, “I tell her she should be on a TV show.”
Lawson decided to play the Lottery again after so long because her son found $2 earlier this week and that same day, she found a quarter. “I thought maybe it was a sign,” she said. But when Lawson called her mother to tell her, her mom chalked it up to the way she has been since she was a child, saying “You are just lucky. You always have been, even as a baby!”