After an El Dorado County man’s wife had criticized him for purchasing lottery tickets, he started hiding in his own house to scratch them.
Hermenegildo Beltran-Meza was in the bathroom when he discovered that one of his $10 California Black Premium Scratchers was a $1 million winner, the California Lottery reported in a Tuesday press release.
“You said I’m never going to win and there I won, there’s proof,” he told his wife, delivering the good news.
The ticket was sold at Holiday Foods in Placerville, and the store owner will get a $5,000 bonus, according to the release.
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The couple told the lottery they plan to use the money for retirement.
The odds of a $1 million payday – the top prize for a $10 Black Premium – are 1 in 2,002,350 according to the California Lottery website. There’s also a $20 variety with a top prize of $5 million (1 in 2,422,068).