The 30-year-old Mountain View resident found the winning $10 ticket among $40 worth she had purchased from the Liquor and Tobacco store at 1040 N. Rengstorff Ave. When she scratched the winning number on the $250 Million Cash Spectacular sweepstakes ticket, she reportedly locked herself in her car and frantically called her mother, who thought she had been in a car accident.
"I've got so many medical expenses, and all of my paychecks go to paying Kaiser and to live here and everything," she said in an ABC television interview Monday. "Just things like this just don't happen to me, you know. I don't know — it's a miracle."
Leach reportedly also won $5,000 in the lottery just before Christmas.
"Her lottery winnings will go a long way toward paying off medical bills and helping out her family, who she says have helped her tremendously," reports the California Lottery website. "Emily also told us that she has two brothers who live out of state, so she hopes to get everyone together for a much-needed family vacation."
Leach continues to battle her tumor, and says it was a miracle that she woke up from her coma. The odds of her winning the Lottery prize? One in 1.2 million.