Published: March 11, 2018

New Jersey woman's losing lottery ticket wins her $1M

A lucky group of 15 people turned their losing lottery tickets into big bucks, including a Monmouth County woman who won $1million.

The 2017 "Million Dollar Replay" program, in its seventh year, allows scratch off holders to enter their losing tickets online for a second chance to win big prizes. 

The grand prize winner at Asbury Park Convention Hall on Friday was Suzzana Valuzzi of Hazlet. 

Valuzzi told lottery officials she felt like she might faint from excitement, according to a press release. 

The money will go toward her son's college fund, followed by paying off current debt, putting the rest in a savings account and taking a vacation. 

Hundreds of attendees won a $250 prize, and 14 others won $10,000 or more. 

Seven $1,000 door prizes and eight gift baskets were awarded to guests as well. 

To take part, players have to join the lottery's VIP Club and have bought at least $10 in non-winning instant win tickets. 

Entry periods for the 2018 "Million Dollar Replay" have already started, with entry periods ending March 31, June 30, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31, 2018. The grand prize for 2018 will be announced March 8, 2019.

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