After 10 years, a South County man's fortune finally came true.
Miguel Bernal, an auto attendant at a local Chevrolet dealership, claimed a lottery prize Tuesday of more than $150,000 after hitting all five numbers that were on the back of a fortune cookie he purchased a decade ago, the California Lottery said.
As part of his regular routine, Bernal paid $1 for a Fantasy 5 ticket Monday afternoon at the 7-Eleven at 2400 Highland Ave. in National City. He returned hours later.
“I went into the store last night, and the clerk told me they had sold a winning ticket,” Bernal said in a California Lottery release. “They kept on telling me, ‘It’s you!’ but I said, ‘No way!’”
His winning ticket was one of two with the numbers 5, 33, 21, 7 and 32.
The other ticket was also sold at a 7-Eleven store, at 400 El Camino Real in Belmont.
A $307,362 jackpot will be split between Bernal and the Belmont winner, making each ticket worth $153,681.
Winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. The Belmont ticketholder has yet to come forward.