In November 2007, a mother prayed for help and her prayers were answered, winning in the lottery.
Gloria Aguda was about to lose her home to foreclosure and couldn’t afford to go to the doctor.
The Denver resident, 50, was depressed and prayed for assistance. When she got all six numbers in the Lotto lottery for a $9 million jackpot, her prayers were answered.
“My heart was thumping so hard,” said Aguda, a single mother with two adult boys who supports her family by working two jobs.
While Aguda was studying to become a medical assistant, the family struggled to make ends meet. In a statement released by the Colorado Lottery, an emotional Aguda stated, “My kids have worked so hard to save the house.”
With the $4.5 million cash lump payment she chose, she paid off her mortgage and other expenses, according to Colorado Lottery officials.
Aguda will also help her extended family financially, including a partially blind brother who lives in her native Philippines. The money will also help Aguda’s sons finish school and pay off their student loans.
She bought the winning lottery ticket at the Safeway in Fountain, which is located at 6925 Mesa Ridge Road. According to Lotto officials, the retailer will earn a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.