It’s the news we’ve been waiting for. We now know who purchased one of the two tickets that matched five numbers in Saturday’s historic POWERBALL draw. These tickets missed the record POWERBALL jackpot by just one number, but are each worth $2,309,228! Not a bad consolation prize, and you’ll soon see that it’s not a bad story either!
Michael Garcia bought his lucky POWERBALL ticket in San Jose. He’s only 22 and a full-time student at San Jose City College. We found out that his education played a role before, during, and after his win.
As many of you know this is finals week on many California campuses. So, late last week Michael said he dragged himself to a nearby 7-Eleven, located at 2440 Almaden Expressway in San Jose (Santa Clara County), to buy two Monster energy drinks. You see, he needed a jump start to continue studying for his exams.
“A guy in front of me bought tickets, so I decided to get some too,” said Michael, who bought nine tickets for the POWERBALL draw. Late Saturday night, Michael said he stopped doing his homework to check his numbers on the Lottery website and that’s where he found out he won! Now get this, it was exam time, after all, so he was busy. Michael didn’t bother to check how much he had won because after cramming for his exams this hard-working student had to go to his night job as a security guard. “Time went by super slow,” said Michael, when we asked him how he could concentrate at work knowing he was a Lottery winner. “The time was ticking. I didn’t know what to do.”
He knew enough not to carry such a valuable piece of paper around. So, Michael did what we urge all of our Lottery players to do: he signed the back of his ticket and kept it in a safe place. “I handed off the ticket to my brother so I wouldn’t go to work with it.”
Michael didn’t know until the following day that his study-break trip to 7-Eleven had catapulted him to millionaire status. Still down-to-earth, our newest millionaire tells us his win doesn’t change things.
“I keep telling my Mom that it’s still not a lot, the way the economy is.” Spoken just like a guy who’s been working since he was 17 and who “hasn’t had a break since.” No, when it comes to his newfound wealth Michael wants to remain focused, and for the last few days that meant getting through his finals. Now that that’s done he wants to regroup and finally get to work fully studying his options. “I still don’t know,” said Michael. “I’m trying to be more cautious than anything.”