Jackpot! SF mom wins $1 million in CA lottery, plans to pay off kids’ student loans and buy house


San Francisco resident Le Chao has been an avid Scratchers player for some time – and the odds were really in her favor as she recently smashed a Plus the Money card that revealed she’d won $1 million.

According to the California Lottery, Chaos’ recent trip to Safeway’s Webster Street location paid off big when she purchased a winning Scratchers playing card that was later verified by the state lottery. Suffice it to say that the $1 million jackpot was more than enough reason to giggle and celebrate.

“I told my family I won,” Chao said in a press release CA lottery. “And my kids were like, ‘Mom, you’re lucky!'”

Though Cho’s big win is enough to afford all sorts of extravagant indulgences, the San Francisco mom has more pragmatic, responsible plans for her jackpot win; Chao plans to pay off her children’s college loans and buy a house for her family. The Fillmore District Safeway, where Chao bought her ticket, will also receive $5,000 for the sale of the winning ticket.

In Santa Ana, Gregorio Samano Escobar also became instantly richer this month when he won a $2 million prize in the instant prize crossword game. While it took a while for the initial shock of the win to sink in, a few days later Escobar found himself crying while spending time with his family – “I’m just grateful for this wonderful blessing.” Escobar plans like Chao, to pay off debt, buy a house and start a small business.

Chaos $1M win comes after a $11 million California SuperLotto Plus ticket Value was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Jose.

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