"I put my ticket in, and pulled it out, and it looked like $50," she told the CBC. "I pulled it out and put it back in, and it looked like $500. Pulled it out and put it back in, and told the girl, 'I think there's something wrong with this machine. She comes around the corner and says, 'No, you just won $50 million."
For weeks after that, she did her best to stay anonymous – although word traveled fast in Irma. She picked up her winnings Tuesday.
"Money doesn't mean a whole bunch to me," she told the Journal, adding that she plans to spend some of the money on her four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. "I had hard times … maybe not now so much."
Some of the money will also go toward buying herself a new SUV to replace her 11-year-old car and, she said, perhaps toward a trip to Ireland.