After one conversation with Lucille Worrell, the 27-year-old who recently won US$1 million in LIME’s 2008 Christmas promotion, her good-naturedness and genuine charm become apparent.
The Caribbean’s newest millionaire is a hard-working, single mother who says her first priority is to give back to her family and her community and insists that her new-found wealth won’t change her “down-to-earth” personality.
Staying grounded is important to Worrell, who says her focus is on home ownership and planning for her young son’s education.
“I have a two-year-old son and the most important thing is his education, so I’m going to put money aside for that and then, since I don’t have my own home, I’m going to invest in a house,”
And with her windfall, Worrell also plans to fulfil a long-standing dream and treat her mother to a luxurious vacation.
As a special treat for herself, her first significant purchase was a brand-new Suzuki Vitara. The purchase was particularly sweet, as prior to her big win, she had not been able to find a vehicle she could afford.
Another previously distant dream that might soon become a reality for Worrell is pursuing tertiary education.
“I’ve always been interested in business management so I think I’m going to pursue my studies in that field. But I plan to go to the local university because I don’t want to leave my son,” she says.
While she is looking to upgrade her skills in the future, Worrell says she has no plans to quit her job at Western Union, where she started as a front-line associate and was recently promoted to supervisor.
“I’m going to keep my job,” she said, laughing. “I really think I have an obligation to the company that hired me and allowed me to pay my bill to LIME so that I could win what I have now.”