Local man wins $2 million on scratch-off ticket

An unidentified Gilroy man won the grand prize with a

A Gilroy man who won $2 million on a scratch-off ticket claimed
his winnings Thursday morning.
A Gilroy man who won $2 million on a scratch-off ticket claimed his winnings Thursday morning.

The man, whose name was not available because he wished to remain anonymous, purchased the winning “$2,000,000 Extravaganza” scratch-off ticket at the 7-Eleven at 1201 Wildwood Ave. in Sunnyvale.

“It was cool,” said the manager of the 7-Eleven, Ajay Fingh. “It feels pretty good even though I’m not the one who won. I’m happy for the winner.”

Fingh said this was the first time someone had won that much money from a ticket bought in his store. He hoped the news would be good for business.

The winner told the California Lottery he plans to use his winnings to pay off some bills and go back to school, said spokeswoman Kelly Kell.

“I’d like to get my contractors license and start my own business,” he said.

The “$2,000,000 Extravaganza” Scratchers ticket costs $5 and offers 15 $2 million prizes, which are paid out over 25 years. Tickets are available at more than 21,000 Lottery retailers throughout the state. That particular game just debuted last month and two of the 15 prizes have been claimed, Kell said.

“The public seems to like the higher denomination scratchers,” Kell said.

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