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Sep 9, 2005

San Ignacio woman wins Lotto

Story PictureA jewellery shop owner from San Ignacio is much richer tonight. Juanita Carmita Pinelo won Wednesday night’s Lotto jackpot of one hundred and two thousand, five hundred dollars by selecting the same numbers she has played for the past four years: 1-9-15-19 and 24. Why was she so sure these would be her lucky numbers? Because they are the dates of her five children’s birthdays. News Five spoke with Pinelo this morning at the Belize City Lotto office.

Juanita Carmita Pinelo, $102,500 Lotto winner
“Well I was, I feel very happy about it. My sister was with me, and I told her?I asked her to go and find out the number of the Lotto. When she came with the ticket and she showed me, I told her, “I think I have those numbers,” and she said, “You sure?” And I told her, “You sure these numbers played?” And she said “Yes.” I tell her “Well, I win the Lotto!” She said, “You sure?” I tell her, “Yes, I have those numbers.” I took out my ticket and I showed it to her.”

“My plan is to finish give my children their education. I have one in sixth form and the next part I am going to invest it in our business, so that it can grow more.”

After the government deducts its fifteen percent tax, Pinelo takes home eighty-seven thousand, one hundred and twenty-five dollars in winnings.

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