Ada Perez was ecstatic when she thought she won $500,000 on a Scratchers ticket. So you can only imagine her excitement when she realized she had actually won $5 million! Perez became California’s newest millionaire by scratching off the top prize on a $20 $5,000,000 Platinum Payout Scratchers game.
Perez purchased the winning ticket at Jug & Jigger Liquor, which is located at 2612 East Garvey Avenue in West Covina. Perez told us that she’s been purchasing Scratchers there for the past three years and has come to know the store’s owner. So when the owner wasn’t there at the time of her win, she had the clerk call him and tell him the news; he showed up moments later to verify the win. Not only did he verify the win – they also celebrated the fact that they are both winners. That’s because the retailer will be receiving a $25,000 retailer bonus just for selling the winning $5 million ticket!
The $5,000,000 Platinum Payout Scratchers game has a top prize amount of $200,000 per year for 25 years for a total of $5 million (winners also have the option of taking a lump sum cash payment of $2.9 million before federal taxes.) Perez said that she is leaning toward taking the annual payments.
We asked Perez what she planned on doing with her winnings, and she said she’d like to buy a house and maybe a new car or even two.