ALHAMBRA (CBS) — Audelia Ramirez, 73, doesn’t speak English…but we’re betting when she won $9 million in the California Lottery August 31 she found just the right words.

The actual jackpot was $18 million but Ramirez will split with a winner who has yet to come forward from San Diego.

Ramirez’s lucky numbers of 22, 27, 32, 31, 2 and Mega 11 came from birthdays of her six kids and ten grandchildren.

Through an interpreter, Ramirez told KCAL9’s Edward Lawrence that she has been playing the lottery since 1982. And it’s why she knew she would always win …Ramirez believes in fate. And family. When the numbers were announced on TV, she immediately started hugging everyone.

She always plays the same numbers…usually three or four dollars. In this particular win, $4 translates now into $9 million.

She also said, “I thank God for giving me the opportunity to win this for my family and for us.”

Audelia worked in a factory printing books. Her husband worked maintenance for hotels. She promises the money won’t change them much. It’s time for a new house and maybe a trip to visit relatives in El Paso.

A family friend, Chris Rodriguez, has known the new millionaires since they moved to this country seeking a better life. He says simply, “You guys have been struggling for many years. Seems like they deserve it. The Virgin Mary helped them. They need it.”

Comments (27)
  1. Nice says:

    Good for her. I hope she enjoys the money and the rest of her life. Congrats!

  2. Carole Davis-Lee says:

    Congrats to her! but how can you be living in this country for over 30 yrs and not speak english? Just sayin…..

  3. not says:

    Can’t wait to read all the post from all haters cause she is Hispanic can’t sspeak English and won the lotto. Don’t hate congratulate.

  4. Stale N Uneasy says:

    \If you win the lottery NEVER EVER …EVER go on television because doing so will invite all sorts of scammers and dirtbags.

    This poor lady is going to get scammed and harassed big time because they see her has an easy target.

    I don’t know why these lottery agencies don’t warn people about this.

  5. not says:

    She can be tax and deported but she will always have more $ than you “sucker”!

  6. Julie says:

    Every retailer that sells lottery tickets should require ALL people who buy tickets to show a valid and unexpired U.S. government issued ID. No ID? No ticket! Comprende? I’m not saying that this women is illegal but I’m sure there are many illegals who buy lottery tickets…and the U.S. SHOULD NOT award any money to people that are here ILLEGALLY. *Just for the record – I’m Hispanic

    1. ROD says:


    2. Brad in PA says:

      She might be an illegal is she’s been here for about 30 years or more (says she’s been buying tickets since 1982) and still CAN’T SPEAK ENGLISH. How dumb are you to live in the US for 30 years and still not manage to learn any English?

      1. Peter says:

        Yeah, 30 years in the US and she can’t speak a word of english…LOL…wow…LOL…typical hispanic…but then when people make fun of them because they have been here 30+ years and cant speak a word of english they start whining. Just like – who would live in Mexico for 30+ years and not speak a word of spanish? Crazy. Hispanics are a very un-educated race. The truth hurts but someone has to say it.

    3. Bill says:

      Totally agree with you Julie. I don’t want my tax dollars going to any illegal alien. If they are here legally…bravo…you won…if your an illegal alien go play the lottery in Mexico or whatever 3rd world country you came from.

  7. Robert Wagner says:

    Who is this lottos? How I make win lottos for me?

  8. OG LocDog says:

    If I were her, the first thing I’d do is buy a 64 drop top pala on switches.I’d then use all of the money to start a car club called Midnight Seduction. I’d have car shows all over the US,with bikini contests,pie,pizza and singers like Kid Frost.

    1. Chevy Chasovich says:

      That’s awesome, I was going to say the exact same thing!! Not even kidding!!

      1. Juaya Huanano says:

        Yo iba a decir la misma cosa tambien, pero en espanol!

  9. Chewy from Hambra says:

    I’ve seen this lady around the neighborhood. Nice lady,always friendly. She drives a light peach ’65 Impala, sitting on them 20 twen twens. She hits switches when she picks up her grandkids from school. She actually won the 2009 Pasadena Car Hopper contest.

    1. Hector says:

      I was going to write that earlier. I was at the Car Hopper contest when she won. She was an underdog, with El Guapacito favored to win. He had won the past 4 years. She pulled it off though, hopping five inches higher than El Guapacito, in her 1965 Impala. She got a huge trophy and a car spread in Lowrider mag.

  10. greg says:

    The rule should be that anyone can buy a ticket but to collect winnings you MUST be able to read the back of the ticket. It’s getting a bit old that a large majority of winners don’t / can’t speak the main language of OUR country

  11. wolfbyte820 says:

    Audelia Ramirez, 73, doesn’t speak English haha here we go again, Welcome to the Uninited States of America. Is she a legal citizen or will she have a legal citzen sign the ticket?

  12. greg says:

    She has $$$ now, it’s as good as a green card, Obama will now consider the Lottery as a jobs program LOL


    she no speak white maggot!!!!!!! LOL

  14. Anabelle says:

    First priority — new house, and, visit relatives in El Paso. No where do I read that she and her husband will give back to the citizens of the USA who permitted them social services, shelter, jobs, an education for 6 kids and their grandkids. Let me say this, from a Native American’s prospective —now you parasites have no reason for excuses and can afford to return to your own beautiful country. Please leave!

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