It started as a trip to buy new Christmas lights. Then she won $171k.

It started as a trip to buy new Christmas lights. Then she won $171k.
Phyllis Houston holds a $171,685 check from Virginia Lottery. (Source: Virginia Lottery)

YORKTOWN, Va. (WWBT) - When Phyllis Houston plugged in her old Christmas lights, the broken strand of polished bulbs led to a trip to Home Depot.

While the yearly trip to the hardware store is tedious for some, it was life-changing for Houston.

On her way home, Houston bought a Cash 5 lottery ticket at the Wawa on 2610 George Washington Memorial Parkway.

One of her tickets matched all five numbers, winning her the $171,685 jackpot.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Houston said. “It just feels wonderful!”

Houston, who is retired, said she has no plans for her winnings.

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