Single Mon Wins Lotto in California

Thuan Le is a hard-working single mother of four sons. She is also very excitable. In fact, when she ran her California SuperLotto Plus ticket through the terminal and realized she had won a $14 million jackpot, she ran screaming out of the store! Luckily, Le received the information on how to claim her ticket and went to the California Lottery’s Santa Ana District Office to do just that.

Le and a friend usually go together and buy their Lottery tickets at the same time, but last Wednesday, Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of POWERBALL® and $1 in SuperLotto Plus from her local CVS Pharmacy. She accidentally put $6 in the self-service terminal and bought her tickets. When she realized she still had $1 in credit, she thought, “I might as well get another SuperLotto Plus ticket.” That 6th ticket was the winner.

Thursday morning, when her friend asked if she had checked her tickets yet, she replied she hadn’t, so the friend went to get the winning numbers. When she returned with them and they all matched, Le rushed over to check for herself. Shortly after that is when she left screaming. Le called her sons and one of them came over to take her to claim her prize. “We thought she was joking,” her son explained, “but we thought would she really joke like this? My older brother said, ‘yes, she would’.” They quickly realized she was not joking and couldn’t be happier for their mom. Le plans to buy a house, travel, and visit her parents in Vietnam.
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Le should have run to a financial planner BEFORE running to the lottery to claim her prize. By not doing so she will pay more in taxes and may join the 90% of lotto winners who declare bankruptcy within 6 years of winning.
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