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.