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Retired NAS Alameda Worker Wins $2 Million

Leona Starman, a retired sheet metal worker from the Alameda Naval Air Station, won $2 million on a Scratchers ticket Friday.

Bay City News Service—An octogenarian from Alameda County went to a store in Hayward to pick up some milk and left a millionaire, California Lottery officials said Friday.

Leona Starman purchased the $2 million winning Scratchers game ticket at a Quik Stop at 505 A St., Hayward.

Starman, whom lottery officials described as outgoing, gregarious and funny, told lottery officials she may use the money to replace the roof on her house and give her current car a paint job.

The retired sheet metal worker for the Alameda Naval Air Station told officials, "I worked on airplanes, airplane parts, whatever was needed ... but I didn't change tires." When asked if she would use the winnings to take a vacation, Starman said, "I don't fly. I used to work on planes and that's why I don't fly."

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