Kirk Perrien is an avid Lottery player who knows how to play all the games. He and his co-workers at the Mariposa County Road Department love to play Scratchers® and do it almost every day they work. In fact, when Perrien uncovered the word, “LIFE” on the California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket, he knew right away he had to call his colleague who he had worked with every day for the past five years. I called him and simply said, “I got ‘LIFE’,” he explained. When it was pointed out that that usually means something very different, Perrien laughed and said, “Oh no, he knew exactly what I meant!”
Perrien was off work that day and sitting next to his wife when he won the $1.3 million top prize, but she didn’t believe him until they walked into the California Lottery’s Central Valley District Office and got official confirmation. “We had to go and get our car repaired and it was $6,000, so we picked it up and went back to the retailer to check the ticket; then we had a pretty good idea we were winners, but she was still skeptical!” As soon as he called his co-workers, they came to his house to celebrate.
Perrien plans to pay off their house and start his own business delivering water to the local community. His wife, who is a self-proclaimed “horse person”, wants to fence their property so the four rescued horses they have can roam free. “She just rescued one yesterday who is pretty bad off, but we’ll see what we can do for her,” he said. Mrs. Perrien added, “I didn’t know how to care for her but now we can. I believe where there’s life, there’s hope.” Kirk Perrien added, “So along with our seven rescued dogs, and our chickens and geese, we have quite the ranch/farm going.”