By Ryan Velez
By nature, positive stories coming out of the lottery are rare. The chances of hitting it big are so inherently low that many take to calling it “the fool’s tax,” money that is basically tossed away. Sometimes, things go too far, and people end up losing substantial parts of their income for a payday that never comes. However, CA Lottery’s Winner Stories shares the story of one person who managed to beat the odds not once, but twice.
Rosa Dominguez can count herself among the few 19-year-olds who managed to win the lottery, but the fact that she managed to win twice in one week is sure to confound any statistician. Her first win came when she was driving home from Arizona and made a quick stop at a gas station in Paso Robles. While there, she decided to buy a few Scratchers, one of which was a $5 Power 5s that happened to be the winning ticket. Dominguez’s pit stop ended up earning her the grand prize of $555,555. “I was so nervous I just wanted to cry,” she shared.
A few days later, presumably still over the moon about her winnings, Dominguez decided to stop at a local gas station and try her luck again with a $5 Lucky Fortune Scratcher. This time, she managed to win the top prize of $100,000. She recently stopped by the California Lottery’s East Bay District Office in Hayward to claim her two prizes totaling $655,555. Despite coming into some major money, Dominguez’s plans remind us that she is still a teenager: going shopping and buying a new car.
Dominguez purchased the $5 Power 5’s ticket worth $555,555 at Eagle Energy which is located at 2400 Golden Hill Road in Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo County). The $5 Lucky Fortune ticket worth $100,000 was purchased at the Valero gas station located at 348 El Camino Real in Greenfield (Monterey County), according to CA Lottery.
Many may be quick to say that winning the lottery comes with its own set of issues: the fact that you lose a significant portion of your winnings to taxes, the unscrupulous people who come out of the woodwork to get a piece of your money, among others. While these stories have taken place, with any luck, Dominguez’s youth means that she will still have the influence of parents to help her guide her money the right way. Nothing wrong with a new car or new clothes, but this type of money at this age could change the trajectory of one’s life if used correctly.