A Virginia family affected by the federal government shutdown isn't feeling the pinch like others who aren't getting paychecks.
That's because Carrie Walls' husband is a federal employee who is on furlough during the government shutdown, the lottery reported in a news release.
The US government shutdown became the longest on record at midnight Friday, when it overtook a 21-day stretch in 1995-1996 under president Bill Clinton.More news: The AirPower wireless charging pad has finally entered production
An Ashburn woman ended up winning Virginia Lottery's top $100,000 prize at precisely the right time as her husband - an Air Force veteran who served her nation for 13 years - is now furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. In a picture posted by the state's lottery commission, she's seen smiling inside the driver's seat of the new white SUV, holding a Virginia Lottery check nearly as wide as the front door.
"I cried, I couldn't believe it", said Walls upon discovering she had the winning numbers.
Her winning ticket was drawn on December 4, and she picked up her prizes on Friday, Jan. 11.More news: Netanyahu confirms air strikes on Iranian targets in Syria
According to the Washington Post, unions representing unpaid federal workers have filed a lawsuit against the US government in with the Court of Federal Claims.
On Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to refute claims that he didn't have a plan to end the shutdown.
'This lawsuit is not complicated: We do not believe it is lawful to compel a person to work without paying them, ' Randy Erwin, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said. No, you can't pay workers with I.O.U.s.More news: Kamala Harris likely to announce run for president around MLK Day
On Friday, Congress passed legislation guaranteeing back pay for furloughed workers. They're planning a trip to Disney World.