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OPELOUSAS, Mont., Oct 6, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Hurricane Katrina victim Jacquelyn Sherman of New Orleans has been hit by another flood but this time it is made of money, a $1.6 million jackpot.

The 57-year-old retired librarian, who was driven out of her home by Katrina, won the money from a slot machine at the Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., where she had moved to stay with her sister, reports CNN.

Her plans for the money? "First of all, I would like to find somewhere to live because my house was destroyed in Katrina," she said.

With $20 in hand, Sherman went with her sister to do some shopping when, on a whim, she decided to try her luck at the slots, the report said.

"I was on the road to Kmart and decided to stop at the casino," which is around the corner from her sister's home, she told CNN. It took 17 quarters for her to become an instant a millionaire.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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