Woman wins $2M from scratch-off game she lost out on six years earlier

A Californian woman's unwavering determination in the face of narrowly missing out on a $2 million lottery prize has ultimately paid off as she recently clinched a $2 million prize herself.

Mehret Werrede's stroke of luck occurred when she purchased a $20 "Instant Prize Crossword" scratch-off ticket at Circle Liquor on West La Habra Boulevard in La Habra.

It was a poignant moment for her, as six years ago, she missed out on a $2 million jackpot from the very same instant game.

In Werrede's previous encounter with the lottery, she had purchased three of the Instant Prize Crossword scratch-offs and won small sums, $25 and $50, on the first two, but didn't buy the fourth.

Regrettably, the unclaimed ticket turned out to hold the top prize, a moment that stung with "what if." The clerk informed her that someone else had won the jackpot the very next day.

However, rather than being disheartened, the experience motivated Werrede to persistently continue playing the lottery.

Her patience and tenacity finally paid off when, six years later, she decided to try her luck once again with a $20 Instant Prize Crossword ticket and emerged victorious with the top prize of $2 million.

"I couldn't believe it finally happened," Werrede expressed her shock and elation. "I was shocked! I went home to tell my husband what happened. He didn't really believe it until I got my check."

This incredible win is a testament to the notion that persistence and a bit of luck can lead to life-changing outcomes in the world of lottery games.

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