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Former Snow White wins lottery

California LotteryCalifornia Lottery: Former Snow White wins lottery

Natalie Marston's trips to the wishing well paid off this weekend.

The Rancho Cucamonga resident was working as Snow White at Disneyland when she bought a lottery ticket on a whim in February. That ticket just made Marston a millionaire.

Marston, 22, won the $5.2 million jackpot on the"Make Me a Millionaire" show by the California Lottery on Saturday. The show airs 7:30 p.m. Saturdays on KCAL-9.

"I know I played Snow White, but I feel more like Cinderella," Marston said in a prepared statement.

In a phone interview, Marston said she knew that she was guaranteed $2,000 when she scratched her lottery ticket to find that she qualified to go on the 30-minute lottery T.V. show. But the initial prize wasn't a factor in her decision to quit her Disneyland job about four months ago. Instead, Marston wanted to pursue acting jobs full-time.

Snow White"It was just something I did to have an income between my acting jobs," Marston said. "I had a great run, a lot of fun and I got to meet great people and adorable kids."

Marston has worked as an actress on and off since she was 5 years old, starring in Barbie commercials as a child, appearing in the "Magnolia" movie with Tom Cruise and recently taking guest spots on T.V. shows, such as "Criminal Minds."

"To have this happen was definitely more than I would have ever expected," Marston said. "I still don't think I believe it to this day."

While she no longer has to whistle while she works, Marston said she plans to keep seeking acting jobs.

"This doesn't change anything with my acting carer. That's still my passion and love. This just makes me able to not be financially burdened or stressed," Marston said.

She and her fiance, John, hope to use the money to buy a house and prepare for the future. The money will enable them to go on some trips and hold their September 2010 wedding at an outdoors, romantic location that they wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise.

"We want to be smart with the money and do the right thing so it does last for years to come," Marston said. "We'll obtain our goals a lot sooner than we would have been able to."

Natalie Marston, 22-year-old actress who won a $5.2 million jackpot.Natalie Marston, 22-year-old actress who won a $5.2 million jackpot.

Natalie Marston as Snow White.Natalie Marston as Snow White.

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Captain Lotto's avatar - CaptLotto
Jefferson City, MO
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Posted: August 27, 2009, 6:24 pm - IP Logged

Lovely story!

Captain Lotto

"Every day is a good day!"

    Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
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    Posted: August 27, 2009, 8:26 pm - IP Logged

    Indeed, a lottery story with a real fairy-tale ending! Smile


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      duckman's avatar - ducklogodrake64x64
      Jacksonville Florida
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      Posted: August 27, 2009, 8:38 pm - IP Logged

      Tomorrow we will probably see a followup story where the Seven Dwarfs are suing to get their share of the jackpot...

      Big Smile

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        Posted: August 27, 2009, 10:56 pm - IP Logged

        Todd said it all!

          ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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          Posted: August 28, 2009, 12:18 am - IP Logged

          Congrats to her!

          "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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            Posted: August 28, 2009, 9:28 am - IP Logged


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              Posted: August 28, 2009, 12:22 pm - IP Logged


              Congrats to her.......

              "Wait eagerly for the Lord, and keep to the way; God wil raise you to possess the land; you will gloat when the wicked are cut off".

                                                                                            Psalms 37:34

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                Posted: August 28, 2009, 12:25 pm - IP Logged

                It goes to show you that some fairy tales actually do come true.Lovies

                  Entertaiment Capital
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                  Posted: August 28, 2009, 12:36 pm - IP Logged

                   Man, I envy her fiance.

                    fwlawrence's avatar - Yavill
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                    Posted: August 29, 2009, 1:37 pm - IP Logged

                     Man, I envy her fiance.

                    And not because of the money, right?