The California Lottery said on Tuesday that an Auburn man recently won a $20 million grand prize on a $30 scratcher, the largest payout in state history for a scratcher.
According to a news release from the lottery, Chad Fry stopped at Foothill Market in Auburn for "some beer and a lottery ticket." He went out to get a pair of shorts and ended up at the convenience store near Interstate 80.
Fry purchased a "Set for Life" ticket, which he scratched off in the parking lot to show the "Life" sign on the second line, giving him the choice of receiving a lump sum payout of more than half that amount or $800,000 per year for 25 years, or $20 million, in total.
According to lottery officials, Fry chose to choose the latter, which was worth $11.6 million before federal taxes. Lottery winnings are not taxed in California
Fry informed the lottery organisers that he intended to use his winnings to purchase a new Ford F-250 vehicle.
Last Christmas, a $550,000 winning Powerball ticket was purchased from an AM/PM store in Auburn. On Lincoln Way, the shop is located just next to Foothill Market.
Then, in early January, a $2 Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Sacramento's Valley Hi area that matched all six numbers, giving the buyer a jackpot worth $316 million (or nearly $141 million in a lump amount after federal taxes)