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Single mother's simple error earns her $14 million lottery prize

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At the intersection of Fate and Lotto, Thuan Le made a very fortunate error.

The California single mother of four is thanking her lucky stars after mistakenly slipping an extra dollar into the self-service Lotto machine at her local CVS store in Mission Viejo.

That superfluous dollar wound up getting Le the SuperLotto Plus ticket holding the five winning numbers — 5, 33, 25, 46, 32 — plus the Mega number, 26, selected randomly in the April 24 drawing.

In all, Le won a $14 million jackpot.

"Thuan Le is a hardworking single mother of four sons," according to a release from the California Lottery.

"She is also very excitable. In fact, when she ran her SuperLotto Plus ticket through the terminal and realized she had won a $14 million jackpot, she ran screaming out of the store."

Le reportedly plans to buy a house, travel, and visit her parents in Vietnam with the proceeds.

According to the lottery website, Le and a friend would normally go together and buy their lottery tickets at the same time. But on that fateful April day, Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of Powerball and $1 in SuperLotto Plus.

"She accidentally put $6 in the self-service terminal and bought her tickets," the lottery reported. "When she realized she still had $1 in credit, she thought, 'I might as well get another SuperLotto Plus ticket.' That sixth ticket was the winner."

It had been approximately a month — and eight unsuccessful drawings — since anyone picked all six numbers to win the SuperLotto Plus jackpot when Le won the grand prize.

The odds of winning are about 1 in 42 million, according to the California lottery.

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helpmewin's avatar - dandy
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Posted: May 6, 2013, 1:30 pm - IP Logged

Good Story Congrats to her spend wisely Lovies

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    Posted: May 6, 2013, 2:17 pm - IP Logged

    Congratulations to the winner....

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      Posted: May 6, 2013, 2:28 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to her, now time to get the hell out of California.

      " Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of Powerball "

      Is two weeks, three or four drawings really enough to call that usual? Skeptical

      You can't predict random.

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        Posted: May 6, 2013, 3:20 pm - IP Logged

        For goodness sakes!  I wish my errors would turn into millions lol!  Congrats to the mother of four sons!!

        Remember to flip 6's 9's, mirror front and end #'s, and do front/back3 for a hit!

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          Posted: May 6, 2013, 3:23 pm - IP Logged

          i want to start making similar mistakes.

          2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN = -106; FEB= -81; MAR= -131; APR= - 87: MAY= -91; JUN= -39; JUL=-134; AUG= -124; SEP = -123; OCT= -84  NOV=- 73 TOT= -3498

          keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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            Posted: May 6, 2013, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

            i want to start making similar mistakes.

            I make them once in a while, but mine have never paid off like this one.

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              Posted: May 6, 2013, 4:17 pm - IP Logged

              Congrats to her, now time to get the hell out of California.

              " Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of Powerball "

              Is two weeks, three or four drawings really enough to call that usual? Skeptical

              I saw that and wondered the same thing. Exaggeration seems to be the in-thing in 2013.

              I am happy for Ms Le. She can cut down on the time she works and spend it with her sons

              That money's gone fo ever

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                Posted: May 6, 2013, 4:43 pm - IP Logged

                Great story.

                Happy for her.

                God Bless her.


                                                             
                                     
                                                         

                 

                 

                 

                 

                                                                                                                   

                "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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                  Posted: May 6, 2013, 5:42 pm - IP Logged

                  Congrats to Thuan Le and her family. White Bounce God Bless America. US Flag

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                    Posted: May 6, 2013, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

                    I love stories like this!!!! It sounds like she was very thrifty in her playing as well. One can "accomplish" a lot in life by being at the right place at the right time.

                    J'aime La France.

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                      Posted: May 6, 2013, 6:48 pm - IP Logged

                      Congrats to the lucky lady!!

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                        Posted: May 6, 2013, 9:04 pm - IP Logged

                        Congrats to her, now time to get the hell out of California.

                        " Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of Powerball "

                        Is two weeks, three or four drawings really enough to call that usual? Skeptical

                        yeah, California only started selling Powerball less than a month ago so how can that be her usual? Sensationalism at it's best right here. Thanks fox news!

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                          Posted: May 6, 2013, 9:17 pm - IP Logged

                          yeah, California only started selling Powerball less than a month ago so how can that be her usual? Sensationalism at it's best right here. Thanks fox news!

                          I didn't know that fox news did the California Lottery publicity stories. Hit With Stick

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                            Posted: May 6, 2013, 10:15 pm - IP Logged

                            I didn't know that fox news did the California Lottery publicity stories. Hit With Stick

                            fox news is given credit at the bottom of the article.

                            the original story is right here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/05/single-mother-simple-error-earns-her-14-million-lottery-prize/

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