The anonymous winner of a $2 million lottery ticket may have been lucky.
But Ray Kassawa, owner of Ray’s Market in Spring Valley, considers himself blessed.
His small grocery store on 9762 Campo Rd. sold the winning lotterty ticket, and although they won’t be receiving a bonus from the win, he has already seen a surge in business since the win.
“It’s been a huge blessing,” Kassawa said. “We’ve already seen 10 times the amount of lottery ticket sales in the past week – just from word-of-mouth.”
Kassawa opened the store six years ago. He said business has been alright, but the store, like most others, was struggling in the downturned economy.
He decided to sell lottery tickets just a month and a half ago, but didn’t expect to be so lucky.
“My uncle has had a store in National City for 28 years, and he’s never sold one ticket. This is going to be big.”
Since the winning ticket was announced, his store has grown in popularity, and many customers – both old and new – believe it is lucky. The ticket was a “Set for Life” ticket from the California Lottery, The winner receives $100,000 per year for 20 years.
Kassawa described the winner as a regular customer at the store and a “really nice guy.”