A mother who used her life savings to pay for her daughter’s cancer treatment won a whopping $2 million lottery jackpot on a scratch-off ticket in the Florida lottery.
Geraldine Gimblet from Lakeland purchased the last available lottery ticket from a gas station near Tampa only a day after her daughter completed her last round of cancer treatment.
According to the New York Post, “Gimblet, who is from Lakeland, had stopped at a gas station hoping to purchase one of the crossword “$2,000,000 BONUS CASHWORD Scratch-Off game” lottery tickets, but the clerk said they were all out.”
“Instead of taking her losses, Gimblet asked for the worker to check again.”
The scratch-off ticket only cost her $10.
“At first, the gas station clerk thought there were no tickets left, but I asked him to double check because I like the crossword games the best,” she said. “He found the last one!”
After winning the prize, Geraldine was invited to the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee along with her daughter and granddaughter to claim her prize money.
According to the Lottery’s website, “After winning the game’s top prize, Gimblet chose to take a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1,645,000, which had a 1-in-3.9 million chance of cashing.”
The family couldn’t be happier after winning the cash prize, as they had faced a tough time together during Gimblet’s daughter’s breast cancer treatment. But luckily, the treatment was completed successfully.
“The day before my mom bought this ticket, I rang the bell and walked out of the hospital after completing my last treatment for breast cancer,” Geraldine’s daughter told the lottery.
“My mom had taken out her life savings to take care of me when I was sick. I’m just so happy for her!”
Source: New York Post