After nearly 30 years of buying lottery scratchers, Doug Gary bought a big winner in Visalia worth $5 million.
California Lottery officials announced Gary’s win Thursday. The Million $$ Match Scratchers ticket was purchased for $20 at Rozi’s Market, 831 Lovers Lane. The store owner will receive a $25,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
In the news release announcing the win, Gary was described as a “calm man, both in the face of adversity and excitement.”
After scratching his winning ticket while doing some yard work, he reportedly walked calmly into the house to show his wife, who failed to remain as serene as her husband.
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Gary said he won $1,000 a few times playing the lottery, but “nothing like this.” He said he plays every draw game but his favorite are the $20 scratchers.
Lottery officials added, “Now he has reason to love them even more, 5 million reasons, in fact.”
Million $$ Match Scratchers offer players 29 chances to win and more than $340 million in total prizes. Tickets can be purchased from more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers, or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers.