Nervous Millionaire Too Overwhelmed to Claim $3.25 Million Ticket Right Away
Orange County Scratchers® Winner Finally Works Up Nerve to Claim His Fortune!
SACRAMENTO – If you just won a multi-million dollar prize, how do you think you would feel? Excited? Shocked? Maybe relieved? For Rigoberto Garcia, the feeling was nervousness. In fact, it actually took Garcia about a week to finally build up the courage to go claim his humongous prize. California’s newest millionaire told us he was just nervous about winning so much money. But after most of the shock and nervousness wore down, Garcia finally showed up at the California Lottery’s Santa Ana District Office holding a top prize-winning $5 California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket.
The top prize for the $5 ticket is weekly payments of $2,500 a week for 25 years, which amounts to $3.25 million, or a one-time lump sum payment of $1.9 million. Garcia chose the weekly payments.
Garcia purchased his California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket at East Bourban Street Liquor, which is located at 414 West 17th Street in Santa Ana (Orange County). The retailer will receive a bonus of $16,250 just for selling the winning ticket.
The California Lucky for Life Scratchers family is part of the Lottery’s continued effort to give out more prizes, create more winners and earn more money for education. If you match any of your numbers to any of the winning numbers you uncover when you scratch the ticket, then you win that prize. If you uncover a money bag symbol, you automatically win the prize associated with it. And, if you uncover a “LIFE” symbol, you win the top prize for that game – a prize paid out weekly over the course of 25 years, or available as a lump sum amount. As you move up in price from $1 to $10, you have more chances to win and the potential prizes just keep getting higher.
The winning doesn’t stop there – like all Lottery Scratchers games, the California Lucky for Life games come with second chances to win the top prizes. Just subscribe to our 2nd Chance Program and submit any non-winning California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket code for a chance to win.
The mission of the California Lottery is to provide supplemental funding to California schools while simultaneously supporting local communities. More than 96 cents of every dollar spent by our players goes back to local communities in the form of contributions to public schools and colleges, prizes and retail compensation. The California Lottery urges its customers to play responsibly and within their budgets. If you feel you have a gambling problem, or know someone who does, you can get help at 1-800-GAMBLER.