Yahoo News reports how a lucky lottery winner won a multi-million dollar jackpot but then was so blown away by the windfall that she lost her memory.
Eunice Sample, a retired teacher from Chesapeake, Virginia won $5 million on a lottery ticket.
Sample bought a $173 million Extravaganza scratch-off ticket from a 7-Eleven store in Chesapeake.
The scratch-and-win games included prizes ranging from $30 up to $5 million.
Sample won the top prize even though the chances of winning it are 1 in 2,529,600.
When Sample found out that she had won the lottery, she was reported to be so stunned that she lost her memory temporarily.
The Virginia Lottery asked Sample what she had done when she found out about her big win. Her response was that she couldn't remember and that she blacked out the moment she won. She was so stunned, she did not know what she did. But it was a good shock to her system as she was really happy about the win.
Sample was given the option to receive the money in a lump sum or installments over a number of years. She chose to receive the lump sum.
The 7-Eleven store that sold Sample the winning ticket will also receive $10,000.
Memory loss may be common in older people and is linked to aging, medical conditions, emotional problems, mild cognitive impairment, or another type of dementia.
It is not known if Sample suffered from any illnesses but she was an older woman who was retired.
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