Can you imagine winning the lottery right before Christmas? The financial security would make it the best celebration of all, and you could start to plan out your future. We all think about what we'd do if we hit he jackpot, but few of us will ever experience that rush.
For some extremely unlucky people in South Carolina, they both won and lost the lottery within minutes, and they're not happy about it.
Nicole Coggins told local news what ran through her mind when she learned she and her mother-in-law won almost $18,000.
"I had been promising [my kids] for years [to take them to Disney World] and I thought I would finally get to, and now I can't," Coggins said. "I don't play the lottery that much. Every once in a while, I'll buy a Powerball ticket, but something told me to buy a lottery ticket. I was having a good day and I wanted to try it."
Coggins won $500 on her first ticket, so she bought another one to test her luck.
"And it was another winner and another winner," Coggins recalled. "So I thought, 'Well, maybe there is something wrong with their machine. This can't be real.'"
The mom said her tickets were scanned, she was informed she won, but then almost immediately the cashier said she couldn't cash in, because the transaction wasn't valid.
Coggins isn't the only one who was told this, either. So what went wrong?