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Mom of Three Takes Home the Million

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Mom of three, Tomorrow Rodriguez, beats the odds, as well as the banker, to take home the million on "Deal or No Deal."

Tomorrow Rodriguez

Rodriguez taped the show back in July and had to keep quiet about her million-dollar win, the second in the show's history. How did she manage to keep mum? Tomorrow tells momlogic it was easy. "I had to keep quiet. Everyone was asking, how did you do? But I couldn't say a word. I have bills and loans to pay, that will make you keep quiet."

But it wasn't just the big win that made viewers stand up and take notice of Tomorrow. She moved many to tears as she shared her story of struggle, survival and what it really means to be a mom. "I was a single mom. I had my son at 12 years old but I stuck in there and finished school. I had help from family but I stayed in school and worked two jobs so I could support my son. It was important that he saw me stay in school and finish school." After graduating, Tomorrow joined the Navy, got married to an Army man and had two more children. The family struggled financially and moved around a lot, making things difficult for everyone. "It's hard when you move so much you have to start over again and you have no job."

But all of Tomorrow's hard work and dedication to her family paid off. Her eldest son, now 20, is in college on scholarship. She left the Navy to focus on her family and while the kids are all thriving, money has always been tight -- splurges and vacations were nonexistent. In fact, she and her husband never had the time nor the money for a honeymoon. "The motto in our house was 'look at our needs not our wants' -- when the kids say 'I want something,' I say, 'do you need it or do you want it? ... then we'll wait on it.'"

But then Tomorrow got the phone call that would change her life ... to be a contestant on Deal or No Deal. "At first I thought it was a joke, that someone was asking me all these questions for identity theft or something. But then I realized it was for real." But the taping itself was nothing less than surreal. "I was nervous, I was shaking I was sweating -- everywhere!! I was like, 'I hope I don't stink too much.'" Not only didn't she stink, she didn't give up until that million dollars was hers.

But don't expect this newly minted millionaire to start splurging after a lifetime spent saving. "Paying off our bills is our big splurge. I'm just so thankful that I can finally pay everything off." But there is one little thing Tomorrow has vowed to do. "We're going to take the kids to Disney -- never been to Disney. We're going to have such a wonderful time." And we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate -- after all -- Disney is the place where dreams come true -- and they certainly have for Tomorrow Rodriguez and her family.

Click here to watch Tomorrow win the million on Deal or No Deal.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
sis robertson November 3, 2008, 3:50 PM

congratulations Tommorow I’ve seen the show and it was great how your little girl helped you. Jesus said do not suffer the little children. And I seen it all over your face that you did’nt want to listen to your baby girl, but some thing inside of you was compailing you to listen and you did. Could’nt of happen to a more deserving family. Bless you and spend wisely.

Angie November 4, 2008, 7:59 AM

i think it’s great that she won! I didn’t know that she had a child at 12 but that’s great that she persevered!

D Upson November 4, 2008, 9:48 AM

This story gave me chills. I’m so happy for Tomorrow and her family; this is well deserved and God giving!

betty mclaughlin November 4, 2008, 11:12 AM

i did not see the show i sure would like to
hope they show it again, she is a deserving person i get really excited when someone wins on these shows gramma bety

Vicki November 5, 2008, 10:50 AM

I love it when the good “guy” finishes first. I’m so happy for her. What a relief it must be to be able to pay everything off and relax for a while. Good Going!

Anonymous October 28, 2009, 2:52 PM

I use to work with tomorrow many years ago and it could not happen to a sweeter person. Congrats!!!

anonymous December 12, 2009, 4:15 AM

im so happy for her!!! Dang 12 years old? She really worked her but off for her baby! If she was raped at 12 that is very sad

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