Modesto Mom Stops to Use Restroom at CVS on Way to Work, Becomes Lottery Millionaire

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

A quick stop to use the bathroom at a CVS in Modesto ended up being one of the best decisions Jennifer Daniel ever made.

On her way out of the store, the young mother paused to buy a Lottery scratcher worth $5 million, the California Lottery stated in a news release.

“I stopped to use the restroom because I couldn’t hold it until I got to the office,” Daniel said. “I walked into the CVS, used the restroom and on my way out I saw the Lottery machine.”

Daniel put $20 in the Ultimate Riches Scratchers® machine, grabbed her ticket, scratched off the barcode and scanned it, the news release stated.

And, in an instant, Daniel’s life changed.

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

When asked how she planned to spend her winning, Daniel’s thoughts went first to her family.

“My number one thing is to pay off my parents’ house and pay off their car so my mom can retire,” she told Lottery officials. “And then I want to pay off my own house and put some money aside for my son’s school.”

Best of all, Daniel’s said the money will allow her the financial freedom to spend more time with her son.

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