: Hoping to win Powerball? This woman hit a $112 million lottery jackpot.

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Stock Market

With the Powerball jackpot now climbing to $596 million — there was no big winner in Wednesday night’s drawing — many may think about buying a ticket and hoping for a shot at lottery riches. One former jackpot winner says success is possible with any drawing — so long as you can picture it happening.

California resident Cynthia P. Stafford won a $112 million Mega Millions jackpot in 2007, crediting her good fortune to the ability to “visualize” her success. She says the money changed her life for the better in many ways, but she also declared bankruptcy about a decade later — a situation not uncommon with many jackpot winners. Today, Stafford has turned her belief in visualization into something of a career — she’s written an e-book on the subject and also offers personal coaching (she charges $333 for a 60-minute session). MarketWatch spoke with Stafford to learn about her big win and her life after it, though she made it clear that she places limits on what she will address. Here’s some of what she had to say:What was her financial situation prior to winning the jackpot? Stafford says she was “doing okay,” but “was in a place where I needed money because of a legal situation” — specifically, she was trying to obtain custody of some children in her extended family. Stafford adds that she could have gotten the money through other means, but the jackpot “happen …

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