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Kentucky woman wins 'miracle lottery prize' after home destroyed

Oct 11, 2010, 9:45 am

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Kentucky Lottery

By Todd Northrop

A Kentucky woman facing disaster has been literally lifted from the ashes by a miracle $80,000 lottery win.

Sandra Ramirez, 44, of Cadiz, Kentucky, was devastated last month when her home was destroyed by fire.  She was at work on Sept. 20th when she received a call that her house was on fire.  When she arrived home there was nothing left.

Then, on Thursday morning, Oct. 7, she received a miracle phone call from Kentucky Lottery officials:  Ramirez had won $80,000 in the Kentucky Lottery's Gold Bar Bonanza Ultimate Second Chance drawing.

At first, Ramirez thought her winning ticket had burned up in the fire. Winners must be able to present the ticket entered in order to claim their prize.

When I was told I had won $80,000, I just couldn't believe it, but then I panicked," said Ramirez. "I immediately thought, 'Oh, my God, the tickets burned up in the fire.'"

Fortunately for Ramirez, who said she did not own a computer and entered the drawing online at either the public library or her parents' house, she had left the tickets at her parents' house.

"I was ready to jump in the car and go search through the rubble until it hit me that the ticket could be at my parents' house," she said.

Ramirez drove there and found the tickets next to their computer.

"I did my happy dance," she said.

Ramirez said the money will go a long way toward helping her rebuild her future following the fire. "This is definitely going to be a big help," said Ramirez, who hopes to become debt-free and also plans to buy a computer for her daughter, who is attending nursing school.

The Kentucky Lottery received 92,772 entries for the second-chance drawing. Players could either mail-in or enter their non-winning $10 Gold Bar Bonanza scratch-off tickets via the internet for a chance to win.

The next Ultimate Second Chance drawing is scheduled to take place on Dec. 8. Players can enter their non-winning $10 Cold Hard Cash scratch-off tickets for a chance to win the game's top prize of $125,000. More information on the Ultimate Second Chance drawings can be found at the Kentucky Lottery's Web site.

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