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Woman wins $2M from scratch-off lottery ticket dad gave as gift

A woman won $2 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket her father gave her as a gift. 

The only time Melissa Spagnola plays the lotto is when her parents buy tickets for the family, which they have been doing for years, no special occasion necessary. 

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Her father had bought tickets and gave Spagnola a 100X The Bucks ticket, which turned out to be worth $2 million, lottery officials said Tuesday. 

Having never played it before, Spagnola was not sure she had won. 

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“Is it real?” she said, showing her parents the ticket.

It was.

Winners can choose 25 annual gross payments of $80,000 or a lump-sum cash option of $1,458,000, NJ.com reported. Spagnola claimed her prize April 21, 2018. Lottery officials wait weeks or months to announce prize winners.

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Spagnola plans to share the money with her family, taking them all on a vacation to the Bahamas, and the remaining portion to help with her own financial stability. 

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