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chino hills' 7-eleven employee and

Farooqi can expect to see an uptick in

customers through those hip 4 burn

glasses folks have a tendency to flock

back to lucky stores like this where

winning tickets were sold but this

lottery winner says the secret to

winning isn't in the store it's in your


meet Cynthia Stafford in 2007 she was a

single mom raising her deceased brothers

kids when she won the California Mega

Millions lottery

you thought you'd win well I knew I

would win Stafford says believing and

visualizing yourself winning is the key

part of the ask the universe philosophy

popularized by the secret and similar

books a few years back I'm an avid

reader read a book called the power of

your subconscious mind it isn't just

hocus-pocus - you know I'm not into

magic it's about your belief what you

believe in strongly will manifest and

does and Stafford says her belief was


she says she visualized the exact amount

of money she would win 112 million

dollars what's the significance of a

hundred and twelve you saw that number

prior to winning I like the number 11

because I'm born in November so that's

pretty much it and then just chills to -

I try to consolidate the number to match

my birthday that's basically what I was

doing ah that birthday thing a crucial

factor for a numerologist Glynis McCants

what our lucky numbers they're numbers

that are connected to your birthday and

if you look at the people who win the

lottery so often they tell you you know

I played my birth embers I played my

mom's birth tempers that took me sound

an accident cuz numbers that are around

you are considered lucky I don't think

that your birthday has any effect on

your chances of winning the lottery

you can probably visualize the esteem

math professor Aaron Abrams holds for

the great science of numerology I'm open

to hearing any theory that has some

evidence behind it but usually people

with theories like this don't

any evidence find it but then there's

the case of Jay Vargas who is just 19

when he won 35 million dollars in the

South Carolina Powerball jackpot in 2008

he used some of those winnings to launch

an all-girls wrestling group called


there's no redheads in the ring though

you and I hear it no there's not a

chance I can compete in that ring Jay's


he claims he just started hearing

numbers in his head it was a voice like

any other wasn't my own or anyone that I

recognized telling you numbers yeah the

whole day and did you tell anyone about

the numbers the cousin he was like man

you that's probably lottery numbers so

once I played the lottery once I put the

numbers in the voice stopped so how long

after you bought the ticket

did you find out your winner uh that

night you weren't surprised no cuz I

knew I was gonna win it can't be

surprised if you know you something's

gonna happen you know my advice to

everyone listening if you've got numbers

that are talking to you get to the store

and buy your ticket and visualize should

you have to believe it's possible for it

to happen

Cynthia believed it to her core Stafford

said she's donated more than a million

dollars to charities but she also

splurged how many thousands of dollars

of handbags are we looking at about two

hundred thousand two hundred thousand

dollars in handbags yeah she gave us a

tour of her house that she also

visualized owning and I remember when I

saw it I thought to myself this is gonna

be my house it's decorated in lottery

winner chic with pricey art how much was

this painting oh I don't want to get

into the prices of my painting but it

was not cheap and interesting

conversation pieces like this unusual

gold chair this represents ancient Egypt

and it represents

royalty royalty yes outside her two

Bentley's costing a mere four hundred

thousand dollars all these are my babies

because it's my convertible that's more

of my family car and you want to take a

ride it let's go for a spin

this car can go 200 miles an hour

life was good for both Stafford and

bargains but recently there have been

bumps in the road a brief marriage and

an expensive divorce for Jay the man

right 35 million dollars Wow Vargas

claims he has 50% of his winnings left

what did you do with your mind invested

it and says he's scheduled to start

shooting a wrestle Isha's reality show

in March you can't just you know Spurs

all at once I didn't want to be one of

those stories where you know you get

gained money in this wealth and then

lose it all but if Cynthia Stafford was

visualizing long-term financial

stability the universe hasn't delivered

sadly on January 6th

Stafford filed for bankruptcy this week

she told us she made some bad

investments and lost money in the stock


we told Glynis McCants about the latest

developments in Cynthia's life wow wow

wow wow does this ultimately mean what

does this that they're out like they're

broke hi sis well it might raise some

questions about any mystical approach to

the lottery but my cat says don't stop

believe it right there there's a winner

there's a winner so even though she won

the money she didn't it didn't fix her

life did it and as a hundred and twelve

million bucks and that's a message for

everyone playing if you think the money

is gonna fix your life it's not now it's

a whole new situation you have to do it