Mystery Lottery Winner Claims $23 Million Ticket After 5 Months

A look into the search for a California woman who struck it big.
3:00 | 11/03/12

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You can't make this up. It took an all-out search to find her. Now that she's rich, what will she do with all that money? Here's abc's nick watt. Reporter: There she is. A millionaire who oh, so nearly missed out on a fortune. 59-year-old julie cervera, flanked by kids and grandkids. I'm just so happy. Reporter: That's her daughter who bought her the winning ticket. The mystery woman in those famous photos released by lotto officials, searching for their winner. Flashing them all overhe local news. She purchased a winning ticket for the may 30th drawing. And I thought she robbed a bank. She deserves it. As you can see, she loves us. And if anyone deserves it, it's her. She takes care of us my son passed away by a drunk driver. And I just wish I didn't have this money and I could have him. You know? So, that's like the hardest thing. But I know he's up there. And he's saying, you go, mom. Reporter: She opted for the lump-sum payout. 17.8 million in cash to shower on friends and family. Including two special-needs boys she adopted after her husband died. It's getting crazier. I can't stop crying. It feels really good. Our future is going to change. And a lot of people will be blessed by this. Reporter: For "good morning america," nick watt, los angeles. She adopted two special-needs boys. Coming up on "good morning

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