Single Mom Wins $2,000 For Life: Home & Education
Published: November 5, 2007 | 6794th good news item since 2003
A 56-year-old single mom from Long Island hit the jackpot at a time when she was about to lose her home, New York lottery officials said Friday.
Rosa Torres, a cashier who juggles two jobs, won $2,000 weekly for life after buying four lottery tickets with the $20 she luckily picked from the ground on the way to a 7-Eleven convenience store in New Hyde Park.
The unexpected result of the scratch-off game was the answer to her prayers, said the native of El Salvador. Not only was she able to save her house from foreclosure, she can now pay for her daughter’s college tuition at the New York University.
Torres split the prize with her 21-year-old daughter, Jessica and fiancé, mechanic Juan Duarte.
They will receive the $2,000 weekly payout as long as they live. The New York State Lottery guarantees a minimum $2 million payment.
Torres, who has since quit one of her jobs, plans to donate part of the proceeds to a children’s hospital.