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His wife scolded him for buying lottery scratchers. Then he won $1 million

FILE -- A customer buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket in the Land Park area on in December 2013.
FILE -- A customer buys a Mega Millions lottery ticket in the Land Park area on in December 2013. Sacramento Bee File

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.

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).

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