Modesto Woman Stops to Use Restroom, Becomes Millionaire

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Jennifer Daniel with her lottery winnings. (Courtesy: California Lottery)


A Modesto woman won $5 million after she stopped into a CVS to use the restroom.

Jennifer Daniel says she just couldn’t wait until she got to the office.

“I walked into the CVS, used the restroom and on my way out I saw the Lottery machine,” Daniel said, in a release published by the California Lottery.

Daniel says she put $20 into the machine, scanned her ticket and saw what she won.

“I was very calm,” she said. “I was just smiling, no screaming or anything like that.”

She told Cal Lotto she will pay off her parents’ house and car so her mother can retire, pay off her own house and set some aside for her son’s education.

“I’m not going to have to work six days a week and be on the overtime list at work,” Daniel said. “I can just work eight hours a day and enjoy my days and spend time with my son.”

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