Mother wins lottery after spending life savings on daughter’s cancer treatment

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A Florida woman who spent her life savings on breast cancer treatment for her daughter won $2m (£1.6m) the day after she finished hospital care. 

Geraldine Gimblet claimed the top prize in a $2m scratch card lottery. But when she went to buy the card, the shop assistant told her they didn’t have any left.

“I asked him to double check because I like the crossword games the best. He found the last one!” she told Florida lottery officials in an account they published in a news release.

Her daughter Lawrencina Jackson described the fortuitous timing. “The day before my mom bought this ticket, I rang the bell and walked out of the hospital after completing my last treatment for breast cancer,” she said.

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“My mom had taken out her life savings to take care of me when I was sick. I’m just so happy for her!”

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Ms Gimblet told ABC’s Good Morning America putting her savings towards 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 when she collected the winnings.

As she chose to claim the prize as a lump sum, she will take home $1.6m (£1.3m).

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