Lufkin woman wins thousands of dollars worth of gifts on talk show

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lauren Tinsley was screaming after Ellen Degeneres told her she won thousands of dollars worth of gifts.

Tinsley sumbitted a letter to the show about being a single mom in a financial bind.  Among her winnings, $3,500 worth of baby items, a six month supply of Huggies diapers, and a $1,000 Macy's card to spend on herself.

"I would've been happy with a pencil, I was just glad to have her call me because it's so exciting," Tinsley said.

She said she submitted her letter to the show twice a day every day. It pays to be persistent.