Woman who was once homeless wins $5M in California lottery scratch-off game

PITTSBURG, Calif. — It pays to get the oil changed on your vehicle.

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A California woman who was homeless in 2017 bought a scratch-off ticket while having her car serviced, and it more than paid for the oil change. Lucia Forseth, of Pittsburg, won $5 million in a Scratchers game, lottery officials said in a news release.

Forseth bought the ticket while getting the oil change at a Walmart Supercenter in Pittsburg, located northeast of Oakland, according to KTVU.

“Six years ago, I was homeless. This year I am getting married, getting my associate degree, and won $5 million,” Forseth said in a statement. “You never think you have a chance to win it. It is just random. Being homeless just six years ago, I never thought it would happen to someone like me.”

Forseth said she scratched off the ticket while waiting for her vehicle and did a double-take when she saw the winning entry.

“I only bought one ticket,” Forseth said in a statement. “I closed my eyes and picked that one, and it won! I first thought I’d won a free ticket, but I checked, and it said I won $5 million!”

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