A Kentucky woman walked out of her job a $175K lottery winner after receiving $25 worth of scratch-off's at a company holiday party

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  • A Kentucky woman won $175,000 after receiving lottery scratch-offs at her job's holiday party.

  • "I couldn't believe it," Lori Janes told the Kentucky Lottery.

  • She plans to use the money to pay her daughter's student loans.

A Kentucky woman walked out of her company's holiday party $175,000 richer after receiving a lottery scratch-off as a gift.

Lori Janes of Louisville, who works at a local dentist's office, participated in the white elephant gift exchange with her coworkers at the party earlier this week, according to The Kentucky Lottery.

During the game, one of her colleagues "stole" her $25 TJ Maxx gift card, prompting her to take the $25 worth of scratch-off tickets from another coworker, lottery officials said.

"Once it got to me, it was done and mine to keep," Janes said, per the state lottery. "That's when everyone was telling me to scratch them off."

As Janes was scratching one of the tickets off, she saw that she had won $50. Her next scratch-off, a Hit The Jackpot, made her an even bigger winner after she realized she won all 15 spots on the ticket,  according to lottery officials.

"I couldn't believe it.  It was a twenty-five-dollar gift exchange, and I won one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars!" Janes told the Kentucky Lottery.

Per lottery officials, Janes and her family walked out of lottery headquarters with $124,250. She plans to use the money to help pay her daughter's student loans and the family's car payments.

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