LaQuedra Edwards was a normal person on a normal day, until a rude and uncaring person bumped into her, causing her to press the “wrong” button on the lottery machine at a Vons Supermarket in Tarzana (Los Angeles County) back in November of 2021.
According to a press release from CaLottery (California Lottery), after Edwards dropped $40 into a lottery machine, someone bumped her. The jarring impact of the shopper bumping into her caused her to accidentally push the wrong number on the machine. It caused her to purchase a $30 200X Scratchers ticket that she had no plans to buy. “He just bumped into me, didn’t say a thing, and just walked out the door,” Edwards recalled.
She had meant to buy a number of different tickets and was irritated that he had caused her to spend 75% of her lottery money on just one ticket. When she got to her car, she started scratching the ticket, not hoping for much, and upset because most of her money was gone.
Lo and behold, she had won the game's top prize of 10 million!
“I didn’t really believe it at first, but I got on the 405 freeway and kept looking down at (the ticket), and I almost crashed my car,” Edwards remembered. “I pulled over, looked at it again and again, scanned it with my (California Lottery mobile) app, and I just kept thinking this can’t be right,” she said, smiling.
Imagine you go to the lottery machine with $40, hoping to score a few small wins with the cheaper-priced tickets. Minding your own business, some entitled man bumps into you and caused an accident. But this accident makes you 10 million dollars richer.
“I’m still in shock. All I remember saying once I found out how much I just won was, ‘I’m rich!’” Edwards tells CaLottery she is going to use her winnings to buy a house and start a non-profit organization.
Dealing with rude people
It just goes to show that not everyone who intrudes on your space has to ruin your day. Even if you don’t win money, what if you treated these unforeseen inconveniences as something else? What if, instead of letting a rude stranger ruin your day, you take the opportunity to remind yourself that at least you are a kind and caring person.
Put yourself in their shoes. What if they had an emergency and didn’t have time to say sorry? What if they had to poop and their very act of speaking would cause an accident?
You never know what the other person is going through and it may not be their fault that they bumped into you. This person may at any other time be a wonderfully beautiful and kind person, but that day someone close to them died that they were lost in their own sadness.
When you think about it that way, maybe you are the bad person for overreacting? What if you had confronted the man who bumped into you and called him to task for being rude, only to find out his wife was in labor and giving birth in the car as you speak to him?
Okay, so maybe that is a little farfetched, but it pays to try and not let something as small as a careless bump ruin yours and their day.
It always pays to be the better person in any interaction, and you will come away from that interaction feeling good, instead of letting it ruin whatever was left of your day.
It pays to be kind – always remember that when you are out and about. The best that could happen is you win 10 million dollars, the worst? You don’t ruin someone’s day.