These 4 Southern California lottery players became millionaires

These 4 Southern California lottery players became millionaires

Southern California has four new millionaires.

Raul Reyes Arreola just won the $20 million top prize on a Set for Life Scratcher he bought at Big A Liquor in Anaheim, the California Lottery announced Thursday.

Also in Anaheim, Daniel Peramaki, the self-proclaimed “King of Scratchers,” hit the $5 million jackpot on a Neon Cash Party ticket he bought from Star Liquor on South State College Boulevard.

Peramaki has been playing $20 scratcher tickets for years and told lottery officials that he usually gets lucky, but it’s not good.

“I am very superstitious. If I shave right away, lose. I usually buy it, put it in my pocket, and wait,” he said. “I didn’t scratch it until midnight.”

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Peramaki initially thought he would be short of the $5 million prize again – until he scratched the 25th and final square. Like many jackpot winners, he said it didn’t sink in right away.

“I thought, ‘No!’ I honestly think I dug it wrong. I was shocked because maybe the whole day. I couldn’t sleep that night,” said Peramaki.

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Instead of making installments, Peramaki opted for a lump sum payment of $2.9 million.

Elsewhere in Southern California, Cheryl Nolan won $5 million on a Premier 7’s scratcher ticket she bought at Ralph’s on McBean Parkway in Valencia, officials said. James Holder won $2 million on the Instant Prize Crossword ticket in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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In the Central Valley, San Saelee won the top prize in the $1,000,000 California Road Trip Riches scratcher bought in Tulare.

Revenues from California lottery ticket sales, including the Powerball and Mega Millions multi-state games, benefit public education and total more than $2.07 billion for the 2021-22 fiscal year, the state said. lottery officials.