My lucky win came purely by accident. Whether it was luck or coincidence, I’ll never be sure, but that day changed my life forever. I would have never thought I would be the type of person to wind up a multi-milionaire. I did not play the lotto even, but I won it never the less. I will never forget the day that I picked up a piece of trash on the street and went home changed.

It had snowed the day before, so there was a thick slush in the road and on the sidewalks. I was taking my lunch break and heading off to a little bistro where I was meeting some friends. There was hardly anyone out because it was frigid and windy. I don’t mind the cold so I was happy to walk instead of drive. My heels clicked rapidly on the concrete and my fingers felt like they were frozen to my purse’s shoulder handle. Suddenly, a large gush of wind rushed at me and blew my hair all in my face so I could not see a thing. As I pushed my hair aside and picked stray strands out from between my lips I noticed a shiny square piece of paper pressed up against the window near me. Celebrities and Scratch Cards.

As I reached up to the window I saw it was a scratch card and almost left it there. Normally I am not someone who plays lotto games or cares much about them. I decided to pick it up and throw it away in a trash can a few feet away. Before tossing it into the can I glanced at the ticket and something deep inside me told me I should look at it more closely. I fought the urge but eventually gave into it. Since I am not a person who plays frequently, I had to read the directions on the back of the ticket to learn what the symbols meant. I decoded the ticket’s complex system and dropped it when I realized it was a winning ticket. I didn’t even know how much I had won until I ran after it and read it about a dozen times. I won $160,000.

I did not end up going to my luch date with my friends and I did not return to work that day. Instead, I went straight to the bar, ordered two shots of whiskey and tried to let the fact I won sink in. I never won anything and now this little scratch card someone threw away in the wind changed me for life. Life has never been so sweet.