A winning California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket will put $750,000 in the bank for a Mariposa County road worker.
Kirk Perrien was off from work and sitting next to his wife when he won the game's $1.3 million top prize, the California Lottery said Thursday. 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," Perrien said.
The game pays $1,000 a week for 25 years, but Perrien chose instead to take a lump sum of $750,000.
He said he plans to pay off their house and start his own business delivering water to the local community. He purchased the winning scratcher at Soares Bootjack Market, 3939 Bootjack Lane in Mariposa County.
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