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Infiniti2001
Oct 6th, 2005, 03:01 AM
After winning $1.6 million, New Orleanean wants a new house

Wednesday, October 5, 2005; Posted: 8:25 p.m. EDT (00:25 GMT)

http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2005/US/10/05/katrina.jackpot/story.sherman.cnn.jpg
Hurricane Katrina evacuee Jacquelyn Sherman won $1.6 million Tuesday playing the slots on whim.

(CNN) -- Jacquelyn Sherman had not had much luck since Hurricane Katrina sent her fleeing from her New Orleans home.

That changed on Tuesday, when the money flooded in.

The 57-year-old retired librarian won $1.6 million playing the slot machine at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.

When asked how she'd spend the money, Sherman replied, "First of all, I would like to find somewhere to live because my house was destroyed in Katrina."

Sherman has been staying in her sister's three-bedroom home in Opelousas with about 26 other people since Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans and left her homeless.

With $20 in hand, Sherman was en route with her sister to do some shopping when, on a whim, she decided to try her luck at the slots.

"I was on the road to Kmart and decided to stop at the casino," which is around the corner from her sister's home, she told CNN. (Watch entire interview -- 1:42)

Seventeen quarters and $4.25 later, she was a millionaire.

"When you first see it happen, you just go dunce," said Sherman, still appearing somewhat dazed by her good fortune.

"You just don't realize what done happened until the person next to you hits you and says, 'Well, you done did it.'"


Awww Bless her heart!! too cute :lol:

nitocris_tiger
Oct 6th, 2005, 03:06 AM
just goes to show... when you lose everything... GAMBLE!:aparty:

Blonde_Ambition7
Oct 6th, 2005, 03:22 AM
good for her! :bounce:

@m@nd@
Oct 6th, 2005, 03:27 AM
:eek: congrats to her! :yeah:

Wigglytuff
Oct 6th, 2005, 04:00 AM
thats amazing and bless her heart!! :bounce:

Paldias
Oct 6th, 2005, 04:53 AM
:eek: :)

That's awesome

Sally Struthers
Oct 6th, 2005, 05:07 AM
poor people hitting the lottery is usually a recipe for disaster.

Wigglytuff
Oct 6th, 2005, 11:03 AM
poor people hitting the lottery is usually a recipe for disaster.
:retard:

Lachrymarum
Oct 6th, 2005, 02:35 PM
The world needs more good stories like this!
:D :)

Jarrett
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:21 AM
Glad to see she spent her FEMA money well.....

Wigglytuff
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:23 AM
Glad to see she spent her FEMA money well.....
fema hasnt disturbed any money yet :tape:

Jarrett
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:24 AM
Says who? I know PLENTY of people that got money. Mainly from the debit cards. Thank god they stopped that. Some people were abusing that.

Infiniti2001
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:38 AM
Glad to see she spent her FEMA money well.....

are we tad jealous? :shrug:

Wigglytuff
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:39 AM
are we tad jealous? :shrug:
yeah, alot

Wigglytuff
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:41 AM
Says who? I know PLENTY of people that got money. Mainly from the debit cards. Thank god they stopped that. Some people were abusing that.
i have not seem anything of money being giving out particularly with bottomless debit cards, even still not every has gotten fema money (if any one has ) so you dont know if she has fema money. you are just hating. :wavey:

hablo
Oct 7th, 2005, 02:41 AM
poor people hitting the lottery is usually a recipe for disaster.
:rolleyes:

Jarrett
Oct 7th, 2005, 04:52 AM
are we tad jealous? :shrug:
No, not at all. I just find it funny that someone who doesn't have much money and no house decides to throw her money down the drain. Yes, lucky her, she hit the jackpot but how many other people were actually doing the same thing and got NOTHING.

azza
Oct 7th, 2005, 05:27 AM
"You just don't realize what done happened until the person next to you hits you and says, 'Well, you done did it.'"




:confused::o i dont get this any american can explain?

BUBI
Oct 7th, 2005, 05:40 AM
No, not at all. I just find it funny that someone who doesn't have much money and no house decides to throw her money down the drain. Yes, lucky her, she hit the jackpot but how many other people were actually doing the same thing and got NOTHING.
But this is how to keep the poor happy. Give them 0.000001% chance to get rich :tape:

Sevenseas
Oct 7th, 2005, 07:44 AM
Oh, that's just wonderful news! I'm very happy for her! :D
I wish the other victims had been as lucky as she is. :sad: :sad:

spokenword73
Oct 7th, 2005, 11:56 AM
:confused::o i dont get this any american can explain?

it means she couldn't believe she won until, someone convinced her.:wavey:

serenafan08
Oct 7th, 2005, 03:51 PM
This is one of those feel-good stories. I was so overjoyed when I saw this on CNN! :yeah: God is good - He'll come through for ya when you need Him! That was a cute comment when she said, "You just don't realize what done happened until the person next to you hits you and says, 'Well, you done did it.'" :lol: