Lucia Forseth, a formerly homeless woman, recently won $5 million in the California Lottery in Pittsburg. Forseth, who was homeless in 2017, has since turned her life around, even before becoming a millionaire.
Forseth picked up a 2023 Scratchers ticket at the Walmart Supercenter in Pittsburg. While she was there to get her car’s oil changed, she decided to try her luck and scratched the ticket outside the store.
“I only bought one ticket,” Forseth said in a statement from the lottery. “I closed my eyes and picked that one, and it won! I first thought I’d won a free ticket, but I checked, and it said I won $5 million!”
Forseth said that buying a ticket called 2023 has deep meaning for her. “Six years ago, I was homeless,” Forseth said. “This year I am getting married, getting my associate degree, and won $5 million.”
Forseth plans on buying a house and investing the rest of her fortune. Lottery officials said she declined to speak with media.
“The California Lottery’s sole mission is to raise additional funding for public education, and it’s only possible with our players’ support,” said Carolyn Becker, California Lottery spokesperson. “Hearing a success story like this showcases the positive impact our games have on winners and schools alike.”
Forseth’s incredible journey from homelessness to winning the lottery serves as a reminder that life can change in an instant. It’s a heartwarming story that inspires hope and reminds us that anything is possible.