A California woman who came close to losing $2 million in the lottery years ago has claimed the prize.

A California woman claims she won $2 million after continuing to play the lottery even after coming so close to winning $2 million herself.

Mehret Werrede bought a scratch-off ticket at Circle Liquor in La Habra on West La Habra Boulevard. The ticket won her $2 million.

Werrede stated that she purchased a $20 "Instant Prize Crossword" scratch-off ticket after failing to win $2 million in the same instant game six years prior.

Werrede claimed she had the worst luck after purchasing three Instant Prize Crossword scratch-offs six years ago, but she chose not to purchase the fourth, which turned out to be the top prize.

The first ticket didn't give me anything; the second, $25; and the third, $50, Werrede told the California Lottery. I didn't buy four. The clerk told me a customer won the jackpot the next day.

Werrede was motivated to play the lottery after realizing she could win big. She won $2 million with a $20 Instant Prize Crossword ticket after six years of persistence.

A California woman claims she won $2 million after continuing to play the lottery even after coming so close to winning $2 million herself.

I couldn't believe it finally happened," said Werrede. "Shock! I informed my husband at home. He doubted it until I got my check.

California Lottery's $20 Instant Prize Crossword game. Nine of 32 top prizes remain after Werrede won $2 million. 24 of 64 $25,000 second-tier prizes and 19 of 67 $10,000 third-tier prizes remain.