Fairy Tale Comes True for Former Snow White – Wins $5.2 Million in Lottery
An aspiring actress who once worked as Snow White is living a real life fairy tale after winning a $5.2 million jackpot on â€œMake Me a Millionaire,â€ the new big money game show sponsored by the California Lottery.
Natalie Marston, a 22-year-old actress who has appeared in a movie with Tom Cruise, was a Disneyland employee at the time she purchased her $1 â€œMake Me a Millionaireâ€ ScratchersÂ® ticket.
â€œI know I played Snow White, but I feel more like Cinderella!â€ said Marston. â€œIn a million years, I would not have thought something like this could happen to me. I am still in shock!â€
A child actress who appeared in national commercials for â€œBarbieâ€ and as a â€œquiz kidâ€ in the feature film â€œMagnoliaâ€ with Tom Cruise, Marston was finding acting jobs few and far between when she landed the role of Snow White at Disneyland in 2004. Marston has since quit her job at Disneyland and is focusing on future goals.
â€œWhen I think of all the ways the money will be able to help secure my future, whether for helping to buy a home, for my acting lessons, or even to help pay for a beautiful wedding, I am so grateful to the California Lottery,â€ Marston said.
Among other plans, Marston said she is saving for the future while continuing to pursue her acting career. She is also engaged to be married and is planning a September 2010 wedding.
Marstonâ€™s dreams came true on â€œMake Me a Millionaire,â€ a fast-paced show that gives away more money than any other television show, and the only game show nationwide sponsored by a state agency. â€œMake Me a Millionaireâ€ â€“ which replaced â€œThe Big Spinâ€ in January â€“ has boosted lottery ticket sales for the California Lottery, helping contribute more than $1 billion in education funding for the 10th year in a row in fiscal year 2009-2010.