Daniela Leon Ruz, an 18-year-old Florida woman, will be receiving $26,000 a year for the rest of her life after winning on a lottery scratch-off ticket. That means $500 a week for life. She procured the $1 lottery ticket from her local grocery store, having one in 6 million chance of winning. Ruz chose to receive her winnings in annual payments for the rest of her life.
This is the latest but not the only amazing story with teens winners at the lottery in the U.S. early this year, in March, a 19-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous, won $500,000 on a scratch-off instant lottery game. He has given nearly all of his winnings to his parents, planning to invest himself only $5,000. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me," he said in a statement. He bought the winning ticket at a Sunoco gas station in Lansing, Michigan.
Another teen, Rosa Dominguez, 19, from California, won the lottery not once, but twice, in a week, this month, collecting a total of $655,555. Another teenager, Anthony Iavarone, 19, of Clifton Park in Saratoga County, this time from the New York area, randomly bought a scratch-off lottery ticket at a convenience store while putting air in his car tires and won $1 million. Luck has no age limit. Those are lucky teenagers and this is a good thing. But we need never forget what Tom Robbins said in his Still Life with Woodpecker: “There’s always the same amount of good luck and bad luck in the world. If one person doesn’t get the bad luck, somebody else will have to get it in their place.” That’s simply life !