When a Chicago teenager opened her birthday gifts, she never anticipated she’d wind up with $4 million.
Deisi Ocampo said her dad gave her two $100 Million Money Mania instant tickets for her 19th birthday.
“It turned out to be the best birthday present ever,” she told Illinois Lottery officials.
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Ocampo said she scratched off the tickets on Oct. 7 while on her way to work. She didn’t win anything on the first ticket she scratched, but when she finished scratching the second ticket, she realized she had won $4 million.
“I started sweating. I couldn’t believe it was possible,” she said. “I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone.”
The Chicago native lives with her parents and sister. When she got home that day, she said her parents didn’t believe it either.
“When I told my dad I won he asked, ‘How much? $500?’ and I said, ‘No, Dad, $4 million,’” she said.
Ocampo, who works at a clothing store while attending college, says she plans to use the money to help pay for school and buy her family a new house.
“This lottery win will make it easier to pursue my dream of completing my degree and becoming a nurse,” she said.
The tickets were purchased at the Austin and Montrose Citgo at 5959 West Montrose Ave. in Chicago.