Sharing the wealth: Kentucky woman hands out gift cards to strangers after winning the lottery

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman who won the lottery decided to give back by handing out gift cards to strangers with some of her winnings.

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Crystal Dunn played the “Bank Buster Jackpot Instant Play” game online, wagering $20 on July 8, lottery officials said in a news release. Seconds later, a message popped up informing her that she had won the game’s $146,351.74 jackpot.

“I saw that and didn’t believe it at first,” Dunn said.

Dunn received a check for $103,909.73 after taxes, WLKY reported.

Dunn said that she knew she wanted to pay it forward, and after depositing the check at the bank, stopped at a Meijer grocery store to buy $2,000 in gift cards, WDRB reported. She then walked around the store, handing the cards to unsuspecting strangers.

“A few were taken back, thinking I was wanting something in return,” Dunn told lottery officials. “I got an unexpected gift, and I believe in paying it forward and I wanted to pass it along.”

Dunn told lottery officials that she plans to use some of the money to buy a car and pay off bills.