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Stockdale woman hits $250K lottery
STOCKDALE -- A local woman is $250,000 richer, thanks to the Texas Lottery’s “All or Nothing” game.
The win could signal a new beginning for 36-year-old Dana Pawlik. She is an unemployed telecommunications worker who moved to Stockdale to live with her grandmother after a series of personal tragedies.
Pawlik’s string of difficult circumstances began in 2009, when her grandfather and two other close relatives passed away. Then on Dec. 6 of that year, her Dallas home burned down. Not long after that, she sustained injuries in a crash with a drunk driver. When her employer laid her off in August 2012, she decided to move.
An avid gambler, Pawlik frequently plays Texas lottery games.
“I love gambling, but I do it smart,” she said. “I was only playing with my winnings.”
On Oct. 11, Pawlik visited the Brahma Express on S.H. 123 in Stockdale to cash in a previous winning lottery ticket. After collecting her $70 prize, Pawlik spent $28 of her winnings on All or Nothing tickets for the night drawing.
All or Nothing is the Texas Lottery’s newest game. According to the lottery’s website, players pay $2 per ticket and win the top prize of $250,000 either by matching all 12 numbers drawn or by matching none of the numbers. Odds of winning the top prize are 1: 2,704,156.
As she has every other time Pawlik has played what she calls her favorite lottery game, Pawlik on Oct. 11 allowed her numbers to be picked automatically -- a process known as “quick pick.”
The next day, when Pawlik checked the Texas Lottery’s website, she learned that there was a winner from the Brahma Express. She then called her aunt, who verified that one of Pawlik’s tickets indeed had won.
“I literally was like, ‘No, no way!’” she recalled. “I was shaking ... I started crying.”
Pawlik said of her newfound wealth, “I look at it as closure from the past and a door open to the future.”
Despite the hardships of the past few years, Pawlik professes to live a life without debt. She has no husband or children with whom to share the money and countless banks, loan companies, and charities have come calling since news spread of her windfall. But Pawlik already has plans for the money.
“I’m going to invest it,” she said. “You never know with the way the economy is.”
Pawlik also plans to continue playing the lottery.
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