A woman who was given a scratchcard as a late birthday present has scooped the $500,000 (£360,000) jackpot.

Elizabeth Coker-Nnam was handed the winning Premier Cash Scratcher ticket from the Virginia Lottery as a belated gift by her brother days after her birthday last month.

The winner, from Upper Marlboro, Maryland in the US, admitted she had forgotten about the card for several weeks and was only reminded by her brother while they were chatting on the phone.

She decided to scratch it while they were chatting – and couldn't believe it when it revealed she had won the top prize.

"I screamed. He screamed. We both screamed," she said.

Her brother, who joined her to collect her cheque, said: "If I'd known it was that, I'd have kept it."

Elizabeth added that she would return the favour by buying her brother a memorable present on his birthday.

And it is not the first time a US citizen has celebrated their birthday with a lottery windfall.

In 2017, Patrick Clarke, from New York, won a whopping $5million (£3.6m) after buying a Set for Life scratchcard to mark his 28th birthday.

"My mum called and wanted me to do a favour for her and she gave me some money as a thank you," Clarke said at the time.

"I knew right away I wanted to buy a Lottery ticket and knew it had to be Set for Life. That's always been my mom's game and it's my game now."

He added: "I scratched the ticket and saw a match on number 16 with the word 'Life'. I started laughing and dancing all around the house.

"I was very surprised that I won the jackpot and feel very blessed. It means I won't have to worry so much. There will always be something to worry about, but for once, it won't be about money."

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