Fla. community helps single mother after lottery ticket prank

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A prank has turned into a boon for a single-mom in Florida.

When Mary Ann Shaffer scratched a lottery ticket last week, she saw she'd won $25,000. The mother of two thought a customer had slipped her a Christmas miracle, until she read the back of the ticket -- and saw it was a fake.

Word of the bogus ticket spread quickly around the pier in Naples, Florida, where Shaffer works at a concession stand selling hot dogs and water. A local patrol officer who examined the ticket wondered how anyone can "be so mean around Christmas time?"

But in the past few days, Shaffer has received cards, gift certificates and hefty tips. One pier regular even brought presents for her kids. She's also received a few lottery tickets -- real ones.

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