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A North Carolina woman was surprised to learn her 20th wedding anniversary wasn’t the biggest thing to celebrate on January 16.

Sadhana Patel of New Bern, N.C. won a $373K jackpot on a $5 lottery ticket, according to a news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. Enough to pay for a nice second honeymoon to celebrate two decades of wedded bliss.

Although, she’s not the first to receive a nice anniversary gift. In October, a Virginia woman said a scratch-off lottery ticket she received as a wedding anniversary present from her son turned out to be a $1 million jackpot.

Patel claimed the prize on Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, and said she was shocked but admitted her husband wasn’t the first to know.

“I called my kids first and then I told my husband,” Patel said. “We were all happy and shocked at the same time.”

Since she purchased a $5 Fast Play ticket, she gets 50% of the jackpot money, per lottery rules, and took home $264K after taxes. The odds of winning a Fast Play jackpot are 1 in 240,000, according to official rules.

“I said, ‘I feel like I got something good, so let me scan it,’ ” she recalled. “I realized it said take it to the lottery. Then I realized, ‘I think I hit the jackpot.’”

Patel said she plans to pay off some bills and share it with family.

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