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$17 million California lottery winner claims prize

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: $17 million California lottery winner claims prize

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield, California, now knows which of its citizens won $17 million over the weekend playing the lottery.

A Bakersfield mother of five, who was about to be evicted after her home went into foreclosure, has no reason to worry about finding her next home.

Teresa Serrano hit the jackpot, winning $17 million. Her daughters were overcome with emotion and tears of joy for their mother, who got her first job in the United States picking tomatoes at age 13.

"I can't believe it. I'm still in shock," said daughter Dania Arvizu.

Serrano bought $4 worth of SuperLotto Plus tickets for Saturday's draw. She randomly picked all six winning numbers on one ticket.

She then went home and placed the ticket under a painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pope John Paul II.

"She got it, kissed it and placed it over here," said daughter Cynthia Landeros.

California lottery officials presented Serrano with an oversized check Tuesday in Fresno. Serrano and her husband Agustin opted to take the $11.5 million lump sum option.

Arriving home after the Fresno trip, family members gathered at the couple's home, still shaking heads in disbelief. Life has not always been this way for the family.

Serrano recalled the time when the family lived in Wasco and the family was down to just $20. The family had no food in the house and the baby needed Pampers.

"My husband asked me whether he should buy Pampers or chicken," said Serrano.

Agustin Landeros wound up buying a small pack of Pampers and used the rest of the money to buy chicken and vegetables. Serrano made chicken soup for the family.

"I'll never ever forget that," said Serrano.

Taking a lump sump payment of $11.5 million, Serrano will receive around $8.5 million after taxes.

The family plans to making a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to give thanks.

The convenience store where Serrano bought the winning ticket, Ming Avenue Shell near Highway 99, will receive a bonus from California Lottery of one-half percent of the winnings or $85,000.


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Member #64806
September 8, 2008
115 Posts
Posted: April 5, 2012, 9:49 am - IP Logged

Congragultions!,for a lottery player, the happiest moment is when you win!

when replying to post's please criticise ideas not people.

in this room we are here to share and learn.

There are no born heroes or winners........it takes a hammer a chisel,a vision and a will to suffer the blows and be carved into one!..........

I have tried using 10 major lottery softwares used around the globe.I have spent many years studying them and know i am regretting the time i have wasted on them.

whos is Abdi?This boy  is  proudly kenyan,he is currently creating shockwaves across the United States of America.

    Member #114689
    August 5, 2011
    422 Posts
    Posted: April 5, 2012, 9:50 am - IP Logged

    Very touching story!


    Congratulations to the Family

    "Freedom of Speech? Keep reading and you will discover that freedom comes at a price!"

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      Member #124621
      March 16, 2012
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      Posted: April 5, 2012, 9:51 am - IP Logged

      Congrats to the Serrano family.  It's always nice to hear about a family in dire need - win!

        dpoly1's avatar - driver
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        October 16, 2008
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        Posted: April 5, 2012, 10:30 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to the Serrano family.

        I hope that they spend wisely & enjoy life!

        Thumbs Up

        dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -


        Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

          Factorem's avatar - candle

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          October 12, 2011
          109 Posts
          Posted: April 5, 2012, 10:46 am - IP Logged

          Felicidades a la familia Serrano! / Congrats to the Serrano Family!

          Your faith has worked for you, regardless of who or what is believed in. Enjoy!


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            Member #111446
            May 25, 2011
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            Posted: April 5, 2012, 11:21 am - IP Logged

            There is a God! What a wonderful story, who better to receive these winnings?


            I'm going to start kissing my tickets starting today! Then I will put them underneath my lucky Leprechaun for safe keeping, until they win!   Lep

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              Dutchess , NY
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              January 21, 2012
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              Posted: April 5, 2012, 12:58 pm - IP Logged

              Awesome win for them. Seems like everytime i click on the news there's a new millionaire winner somewhere.

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                December 24, 2010
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                Posted: April 5, 2012, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

                These are the kind of stories that make me smile, from rags to riches. Good for them! Yes Nod

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                  Posted: April 5, 2012, 1:35 pm - IP Logged

                  Outstanding story !!!!!.....Congratulations and enjoy  your new wealth...

                  Stay Positive, Believe and good things will come your way

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                    February 12, 2007
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                    Posted: April 5, 2012, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                    These are the kind of stories that make me smile, from rags to riches. Good for them! Yes Nod

                    I Agree! somewhat.  Here's hoping that terrible "down to my last buck" feeling keeps this family from making stupid money decisions.  I am happy for them and I hope to be happy for myself when I win someday.

                    Get MONEY!!! Winning a JACKPOT lottery is all the HOPE and CHANGE I desire!!!  NOW give me MONEY!US Flag

                    The guy who won the presidency in 2008 really won the lottery...he is now millions richer, travels in first class style, and even has a staff that would be the envy of the richest Powerball winner (she has a staff of 2). Every night he goes to sleep, he probably plays the close of Dave Chappelle's Show: I'm rich beyatch!

                      dallascowboyfan's avatar - tiana the-princess-and-the-frog.jpg
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                      Posted: April 5, 2012, 6:46 pm - IP Logged

                      Congrats to the Serrano family!!!!!!!Hurray!

                      I Love Pink & Green 1908

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                        March 18, 2009
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                        Posted: April 6, 2012, 11:20 am - IP Logged

                        Congratulations to this big net $Ms jackpot winner!  Sun Smiley

                        I wonder if before the vacations begin, the back defaulted payments, lawyer, property appraisals, and court document fees will soon be paid to the lender(s) who financed their house; the lender(s) probably would rather not have to complete their backloged 12 month long foreclosure process for the house.

                        Having millions of dollars in my financial accounts means more, consistent fun for me.Lovies

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                          Posted: April 6, 2012, 4:36 pm - IP Logged

                          It's so rare that there is both a Mega Millions and California Super Lotto Plus Jackpot winning ticket on back to back days on March 30th and 31st, 2012 since January 24th and 25th, 2012. Congratulations to this winner.

                            rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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                            Way back up in them dadgum hills, son!
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                            Posted: April 8, 2012, 2:19 pm - IP Logged

                            "A Bakersfield mother of five, who was about to be evicted after her home went into foreclosure..."

                            I came here looking for something
                            I couldn't find anywhere else
                            Hey, I'm not tryin' to be nobody
                            I just want a chance to be myself

                            I've spent a thousand miles of thumbin'
                            Yes, I've worn blisters on my heels
                            Tryin' to find me something better
                            Here on the streets of Bakersfield

                            Hey, you don't know me but you don't like me
                            Say you careless how I feel
                            But how many of you that sit and judge me
                            Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield

                            Spent some time in San Francisco
                            I spent a night there in the can
                            They threw this drunk man in my jail cell
                            I took fifteen dollars from that man

                            Left him my watch and my old house key
                            Don't want folks thinkin' that I'd steal
                            Then I thanked him as I was leaving
                            And I headed for the streets of Bakersfield

                            Hey, you don't know me but you don't like me
                            Say you careless how I feel
                            But how many of you that sit and judge me
                            Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield

                            Hey, you don't know me but you don't like me
                            Say you careless how I feel
                            But how many of you that sit and judge me
                            Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield

                            How many of you that sit and judge me
                            Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield

                            ~Buck Owens~