A man attributes his $100,000 lottery win to a small voice within his head.

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A Maryland man said he was ready to leave a store when a voice inside his head prompted him to buy the $100,000 scratch-off lotto ticket.

Nolan Steele, 78, of Sykesville, told Maryland Lottery authorities that he was about to leave the High’s store in Carroll County after a conversation with a friend when a voice inside his head instructed him not to leave without purchasing a scratch-off ticket.

“I don’t know where it came from,” Steele said of the voice, “but I am sure glad I listened to it.”

The player selected a $10 Willy Wonka Golden Ticket scratch off from the store’s lottery vending machine and scratched the ticket off. He said he used the scanner to check if it was a winner, and the message told him to visit lottery headquarters.

“I knew something good was happening,” he said. “Usually, you only see that when you have hit something big!”

Steele visited lottery headquarters in Baltimore to collect his $100,000 prize.

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The winner said he plans to use some of his prize to have his house painted, and he will put his wife of 43 years in charge of spending the rest.

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