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A heartwarming rags-to-riches story has emerged from the state of Illinois, where Pamela Arscott, a mother of five and a grandmother of ten from Franklin Park, Illinois, has won the top prize of $1 million (€925,800) on an instant ticket scratch-off.

Arscott shared the moment when she bought her life-changing $10 (€9.26) ticket at a Walmart in Addison. After absentmindedly putting the tickets inside her purse, she only remembered to scratch it the next morning.

Upon seeing the $1 million jackpot on the ticket, she initially thought it was a mistake and even had to wake one of her daughters, who was asleep, to ask her to check.

Excited and in disbelief, Arscott's daughter immediately went to the store to confirm the authenticity of their fortune. Once the store confirmed that they had indeed won a million dollars, they were over the moon.

This heartwarming story has gained significant public attention, especially after Arscott shared that she had lost her husband of 49 years just a few months before winning the jackpot.

She believes that the prize they received was a gift from her deceased husband.

Furthermore, scratch-off ticket winners are not just limited to Illinois. Similar stories have been reported from different states, such as in Kentucky, where a father and son won a million-dollar cash prize and an 80-year-old man won $300,000 (€277,740) from another scratch-off game.

This heartwarming tale serves as a reminder that luck can strike in unexpected ways and offers hope to many struggling families, showing that dreams can become reality, even during the toughest of times.

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