(CNN)Sometimes you hear of a lottery winner and go, "What do they need the money for? They're loaded." And sometimes you exclaim, "Now, THIS is heartwarming."
A woman facing homelessness while caring for her mom wins a $390,000 jackpot
Shawna Donnelly definitely falls in the second category.
The 50-year-old woman from Clarkston, Michigan, was facing homelessness. On top of that, she was caring full time for her mom. Money was tight.
Earlier this month, she plunked down $2 for a "Lucky for Life" lottery ticket at a 7-Eleven. The payouts for the game go from a mere $3 to a lifetime of riches.
"I woke up in the middle of the night and had a feeling I should check my tickets," Donnelly said.
And when she did, she found she matched the five white balls drawn: 15 -- 11-15-32-33-40.
That meant a payout of $25,000 each year. For life.
"When I saw I matched five numbers, I must have refreshed my phone 100 times to make sure I really won!" she later told lottery officials.
On Monday, she went to the Michigan Lottery offices and picked the one-time lump sum: $390,000.
She plans to buy a car and a house, and put the rest in savings.
"The last year has been the most difficult of my life," she said. "Winning this prize couldn't have come at a better time."