In Maryland, United States, an 18-year-old woman tested her beginner's luck.

She eventually won more than $30,000 from the very first lottery ticket she had purchased.

which she received as a Christmas gift.

She had never previously purchased a scratch-off lottery ticket when she won a $30,000 reward in a Peppermint Payout game.

She had received three tickets in all as gifts from her parents, including this one.

"We gave them to her as a stocking stuffer," her father said.

The player described it as "surreal" to Maryland Lottery.

A Virginian who had been coerced into purchasing his first lottery ticket earlier that month, in November, ended up winning $147,000.