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Brooklyn Woman Goes From Rags To Riches

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Mega Millions (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Her tough life just got a whole lot better.

Garina Fearon has overcome being homeless, bankrupt and a robbery victim. Now she’s gone from counting inmates to counting millions after winning $54 million in last Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

The 34-year-old Rikers Island guard told the New York Post that she came from nothing and just wanted a better life for her and her two teenage children. She tells the paper her main priority is to buy a house in Jamaica for her ailing mother.

The single mother from East New York is planning to take some time off from work but said she will return to Rikers Island. She told the Post it was her correction career that saved her from financial despair and feels too loyal to let the job go.

The irony is when she walked into the Sutter Avenue bodega she wanted to play Powerball but instead was given a Mega Millions ticket.

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