Brenda Tran is a big-time player of the California Lottery. In fact, the tablet computer her boyfriend recently bought her is used only for two things: checking her email and checking the evening’s winning Lottery numbers.
So it’s only fitting that on August 6, Tran was checking her numbers on her computer while sitting in her living room and she noticed that she had matched all five Fantasy 5 numbers to win the top prize of $216,988. Tran came into the Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office with her boyfriend late yesterday to claim her prize.
She said when she saw the numbers she said “no way! Oh my gosh!” and then immediately called her boyfriend, who was on his way to Las Vegas for work. He described her as “frantic” and said his first reaction was to ask her “are you kidding me?”
Tran purchased her winning ticket at Toros ampm Mini Mart, which is located at 3706 East Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena. The ticket successfully matched all five numbers – 36, 28, 37, 34 and 11.
Tran said she went into the retail location in search of Lady Luck…and by that we mean she was looking to buy some California Lottery Black Scratchers® tickets. She won some money on one of her Scratchers and then noticed that the Fantasy 5 jackpot was high for that night’s draw and decided to spend $5 on some tickets. That proved to be a wise move.
Her boyfriend added another story – he had recently taken a trip to India where he visited a fortune teller who told him “you have a new girlfriend and she’s going to come into money soon.” So perhaps it’s the fortune teller that was Lady Luck?
Regardless, Tran is happy and says she plans to use some of her winnings to help pay off her daughter’s college loans.