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Staten Island, N.Y. resident Jin Ok Choi walked into a liquor store last month to buy a bottle of baek saeju, or Korean rice wine, to bring to a party she was attending. Little did she know that she would walk out with a winning lottery ticket for the $85 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Choi, 54, said she was compelled to buy a $5 quick-pick lottery ticket after she saw how high the jackpot size was. But when she discovered she won, she couldn’t believe it.
“I [was] just shocked. I can’t explain it,” said Choi to the Staten Island Advance.
Choi, who is retired, opted to take the lump-sum prize which nets her more than $40 million after taxes, according to the New York Daily News. The Korean immigrant, who has been living in the States for about 15 years, says she plans to purchase a larger condo and “upgrade her life.”