While hundreds of Campbell Soup Co. employees brace for the loss of their jobs when the south Sacramento facility closes next summer, plant machinist Michael Rule is $250,000 richer.
On Oct. 30, the Mega Millions lottery ticket he usually purchases weekly from A-1 Mart, at 2550 W. El Camino Ave. in the South Natomas area, matched five of the six drawn numbers. The only number he missed was the Mega number.
Rule plans to pay off some bills and invest the rest of the prize money, he said in a California Lottery news release.
The numbers that matched were a combination of birthdates of family members and some of their ages.
Though the odds of matching all numbers except for the Mega number are one in 4 million, someone walks away a winner almost every time.
"We have a winner that matches five out of six almost every draw," said Cathie Johnston, a California Lottery spokeswoman.
Mega Millions is played in 43 states and pays out over $100 million in prizes each year, according to the Lottery's website.
Campbell Soup Co's south Sacramento plant has made canned soup for more than 60 years. The plant will be phased out, with final shutdown coming next July. It will eliminate 700 full-time jobs, a devastating development in one of the region's most hardscrabble neighborhoods.