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'I Could Not Believe My Eyes': 75-Year-Old Woman Battling Cancer Wins $5 Million Scratch-Off Game How a frustrating day at the airport led to a windfall for a great-grandmother in Pennsylvania.

By Dan Bova

Key Takeaways

  • Donna Osborne, a 75-year-old great-grandmother from Lancaster County, triumphs over cancer and secures a $5 million jackpot with a Monopoly Own It All scratch-off lottery ticket.
  • Osborne purchased the golden ticket after heading home from the airport after a series of flight delays.
  • Osborne says she plans to keep working at her job and will invest her winnings.

Next time you are angry about your flight getting delayed, think of it as a possible divine intervention.

Donna Osborne, a 75-year-old great-grandmother from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has won a colossal $5 million from a lucky scratch-off Monopoly Own It All ticket. And the story behind her win is as amazing as the cash prize itself.

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After a particularly frustrating airport ordeal—her flight to Florida kept getting delayed—Osborne decided to head back home, a decision that led to her purchasing the $50 game ticket at a Speedway gas station. "If I didn't leave the airport, I would have never bought that ticket," Osborne told Pennsylvania Lottery officials. After she revealed the $5 million prize in the parking lot, Osbourne went back into the store to make sure that she was seeing what she thought she was seeing. The store clerk confirmed the windfall.

Incredibly, the win coincided with the end of Osborne's radiation treatments and her approaching birthday. But despite her newfound wealth, Osborne says she intends to stick with her job of transporting Amish people. "I don't know what I'd do with myself. I have to keep moving," Osborne explained. She plans to invest a portion of her lottery prize and as a well-earned treat, live her dream of visiting Alaska. The fortunate Speedway location will enjoy a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

"Donna told us that she's been playing the lottery for a long time," Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Pat Browne said. "It's thanks to players like her that the PA Lottery is able to not only create millionaires but also help seniors live a good life."

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Dan Bova

Entrepreneur Staff

VP of Special Projects

Dan Bova is the VP of Special Projects at He previously worked at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Maxim, and Spy magazine. His latest books for kids include This Day in History, Car and Driver's Trivia ZoneRoad & Track Crew's Big & Fast Cars, The Big Little Book of Awesome Stuff, and Wendell the Werewolf

Read his humor column This Should Be Fun if you want to feel better about yourself.

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