(NEXSTAR) – A Washington woman revealed to be the winner of a record Powerball jackpot claims she purchased her ticket after seeing a “sign” at a grocery store. She usually buys the same tickets every week, but after catching a glimpse of the then-estimated jackpot amount on a lottery vending machine—$747 million—she knew she had to shell out an extra few bucks for an additional Powerball ticket.
According to a press release from the Washington Lottery, Becky Bell of Auburn, Washington, stopped into her local Fred Meyer on February 5 to buy just $20 in lottery tickets. Just days before she walked into that supermarket, Boeing delivered the company’s very last 747 aircraft, to instead focus production on newer, more fuel-efficient planes.
Bell, as it just so happens, has worked for Boeing for the last 36 years. “That’s when it hit me,” Bell told the Washington Lottery. “I had to buy one more ticket.”
Bell checked her ticket the morning after the February 6 drawing and learned she had won the $754,550,826 grand prize, which is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot in the history of the game. She also woke up her children to verify what she was seeing.
“I’ve never won more than $20 in my life,” Bell said. “Imagine my shock when I realized.”
Speaking later with lottery officials, Bell chalked up her win to more than just a cosmic coincidence. “I told you it was a sign,” she said.
Bell settled on the case option rather than the annuity, taking home around $309 million after taxes, lottery officials told USA Today. Bell said that she intends to share the winnings with her family. She was also planning to retire from Boeing in June, though she recently decided to work only until the end of March.