Single mum wins $1 million
If Kristina Schneider, a cashier for a gas station in Ohio, had not followed her own advice, she would probably still be up to her eyes in debt.
Apparently, there is an unwritten rule amongst lottery players and seller that says “you can’t leave the last ticket, you’ve got buy it”. That situation occurred last week when a regular customer came into Schneider’s BP gas station and she attempted to persuade him to buy the last lottery ticket. However, he did not have enough money to buy the ticket for himself, so Schneider decided to buy the ticket for herself.
"I'm always joking with customers, telling them that 'you know that last one is the winner,” Schneider said.
In another quirk of fate, the money Schneider used to buy the ticket with was actually a $10 bill she had found on the floor of the gas station. She asked all the customers in the shop if the money belonged to them, but as no one claimed it, she kept it for herself.
Once Schneider discovered that the adage had in fact came true, she was in a complete state of shock. She even thought that someone was playing a trick on her. She then closed the store and went to the bathroom to be sick.
“I thought someone was playing a trick on me, and I was waiting for Candid Camera to come out,” Schneider said.
Schneider, who has a 9 year-old daughter, had nine maxed-out credit cards and a $8,500 debt from her associate’s degree. She chose to take annual payments of $34,500 after tax reductions for the next 20 years.
"If I'd have taken a lump sum, I'd be broke again within five years," she said.
Schneider said she will use the money to set up a college fund for her daughter, pay bills and make investments.
Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-05-21 11:14:13