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Single mom claims $94 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Mega MillionsMega Millions: Single mom claims $94 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

An El Paso single mother of two who worked three jobs is now a millionaire after claiming a $94 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot Monday in Austin, the Texas Lottery Commission announced.

Martha L. Cuellar, who chose the cash value option for $53 million, won the Mega Millions drawing May 16 with a ticket bought at the Good Time Store at 6390 Alameda, lottery officials said. The store selling the jackpot ticket is eligible for a 1 percent bonus, or about $940,000.

Cuellar, a licensed vocational nurse who worked two other undisclosed jobs, was joined by her children and her fiancé Monday morning in Austin to claim her winnings, said Bobby Heith, director of media relations for the Texas Lottery.

"She was very excited, as you can imagine," Heith said. "Staff asked her how many jobs she had, and she said three. They asked her how many jobs she has now, she said, 'Zero.' "

Cuellar had forgotten about the lucky ticket — one of three games she bought that day — and didn't know she had won until two days after the drawing when she heard some of the numbers on the radio as she went to work.

"I knew I had the Mega Ball so I stopped at the store to check the results," she said in a lottery news release. "When I got to my car and saw that the numbers matched I started shaking, but I still couldn't believe it."

After double-checking the numbers with her co-workers at the hospital, Cuellar called her fiancé.

"I was so excited I just told him in Spanish, 'Le pegamos, le pegamos,' which means 'We hit it, We hit it,' " Cuellar said. "He said, 'What, who did you hit?' "

Cuellar, who had won $2,000 in a scratch-off game in the past, now plans to retire.

"I'm going to buy a house and a car and take care of my son and daughter and the rest of my family," she said. "And my son wants to go to medical school. I'd have taken a fourth job if necessary to help make that happen, but this should make it a lot easier."

El Paso Times

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Posted: June 14, 2006, 7:29 am - IP Logged

Well, it's about time we see someone that obviously could use a lucky break get rewarded with a huge win.

Good for her !!!

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    Posted: June 14, 2006, 7:56 am - IP Logged

    really, I am glad to see it too. I like stories like this one.

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      Posted: June 14, 2006, 11:36 am - IP Logged

      I like this story. Congratulations to the single mother of two with her fiancee. I'm glad that jackpot winner decided to stop working and retire after a huge win. I hope she doesn't have problems later in life.


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        Posted: June 14, 2006, 12:24 pm - IP Logged

        I like this story. Congratulations to the single mother of two with her fiancee. I'm glad that jackpot winner decided to stop working and retire after a huge win. I hope she doesn't have problems later in life.

        That's fiancé, or something like that. Use the "omega" button next to the smileys when responding.

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          Posted: June 14, 2006, 2:34 pm - IP Logged

          My favorite winner, right here. The single parent. To me all good single parents are winners...There is no tougher job on the planet.

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            Posted: June 14, 2006, 2:39 pm - IP Logged

            My favorite winner, right here. The single parent. To me all good single parents are winners...There is no tougher job on the planet.

            Amen

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              Posted: June 14, 2006, 3:10 pm - IP Logged

              this one put a smile on my face....Naughty

              Oogle  waiting patiently for my jackpot

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                Posted: June 14, 2006, 3:19 pm - IP Logged

                I am happy for her.......but won't these people ever learn.......ya don't need to show your cowokers the ticket to make it look real or for verification....that is just looking for trouble. But I am delighted for her.

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                  Posted: June 14, 2006, 4:52 pm - IP Logged

                  What a great story, maybe a LP player is next.Thumbs Up

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                    Posted: June 15, 2006, 9:52 am - IP Logged

                    I just posted about the show 'Windfall' on my blog www.jcbabylove.blogspot.com  This lady reminds me of the pizza delivery girl on the show, who was also a single mom working multiple jobs.  Now that Martha has wisely retired, maybe she could make a guest appearance on the show -lol.  Also, I love the name of the convenience store where she played!

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                      Posted: June 16, 2006, 1:31 pm - IP Logged

                      I was JUST saying the other day that just ONCE  I wanted to read about a single mom winning that busts her @ss and WOW  BAaaaaaaaaaahDOoooooow lol  May be I should say JUST ONCE I want to hit it for millions LMAO  Banana  anyhow... being a mother of 5 now.... this brought tears to my eyes! Hurray! To know that someone out there IS living all of our dreams! Yeah it would be nice to someday be my turn ... but at least I can say  someone who needed it JUST AS BAD  got it instead of some dumba$$ that doesnt need it or appreciate it  CONGRATS!!!!!!

                      Hopin To Be The Lucky Ones!!

                      COME ON MEGA! MEGA-ME-RICH!

                       

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                        What a great story, maybe a LP player is next.Thumbs Up

                        When that happens, it will be an even better story.  I hope it's a story about me.Thumbs Up

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                          Posted: June 16, 2006, 9:23 pm - IP Logged

                          Wonderful to hear stories like this.

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                            Posted: June 28, 2006, 3:36 pm - IP Logged

                            I like this story. Congratulations to the single mother of two with her fiancee. I'm glad that jackpot winner decided to stop working and retire after a huge win. I hope she doesn't have problems later in life.

                            I agree. This is a great story. I hope all goes well for her. =)

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