A grandmother of five plans to share her winnings with her family after she turned $2 into $1.2 million by playing the California Lottery.
Helen Yonangitti bought her winning “Set for Life Scratchers” at the Fresno Fast ‘N Esy Chevron station on East Ashlan Avenue, the lottery reported in a news release.
Yonangitti said she was excited to win the pot of money so her children will benefit. “To be able to do something for them – they’re all gonna be happy,” she said. “This is too good!”
Yonangitti’s husband died 11 years ago, and since then her daughters stepped up to help her. “I owe them a lot,” she said. “Anytime I need something, they take care of me.”
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California Lottery’s $2 “Set for Life Scratchers” are popular with players because winners may accept the prize spread out in payments for 25 years or take a lump-sum cash option. In both cases, federal taxes are withheld.
The Chevron station that sold Yonangitti her ticket will receive a $6,000 bonus from the Lottery.
Yonangitti thanked the Lottery when she arrived with family to claim her ticket at the Lottery’s office. “It’s wonderful,” she said. “Thank you. I love you guys!”