A Florida woman who spent her life savings on treating her daughter for breast cancer has won $2m (£1.6m) the day after she completed hospital treatment.
Geraldine Gimblet hits the jackpot in the $2 million scratch card lottery. But when she went to buy the card, the clerk told her they didn’t have any.
“I asked him to double check because crosswords are my favorite. He found the last one!” she told Florida Lottery officials in an article published in a news release.
Her daughter, Lawrencina Jackson, described the fortuitous timing. “The day before my mom bought the ticket, I rang the doorbell and walked out of the hospital after my last breast cancer treatment,” she said.
“When I was sick, my mother spent all her life savings to take care of me. I’m so happy for her!”
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Gimblet told ABC’s Good Morning America that putting her savings toward her daughter’s cancer treatment was an easy decision.
“I really didn’t think about it. I just did what I had to do,” she said.
Ms. Gimblet was joined by her daughter and granddaughter to receive the award.
If she chooses to take the lump sum, she will take home $1.6m (£1.3m).