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San Diego Man Wins $750K With Lucky ‘Scratchers' Ticket

When Marco Amador, 39, checked his lottery ticket, he was in utter schock

With 10 little words and one lucky lottery ticket, a San Diego man recently won big – claiming a $750,000 prize.

Marco Amador, 39, stopped by a Stater Bros. supermarket located at 1048 North El Camino Real in Encinitas and bought a $10 “Mystery Crossword Scratchers” ticket.

The game, which he recently started playing, challenges players to successfully form 10 words, crossword puzzle style. The chance of winning the $750,000 grand prize is one in 1,233,283, according to the California Lottery website.

Well, Amador – the manager of a local auto detail shop – beat the odds.

Lottery officials said Amador was at work one day when he realized one of the puzzles on his “Scratchers” ticket had completed 10 words. He raced to a store with a California Lottery Check-A-Ticket verification machine and scanned his ticket.

He stood there, staring at the screen. The look on Amador’s face changed so drastically that a store employee asked him if he was okay, lottery officials said in a press release.

“I just pointed at the machine,” Amador said. “I was just kind of blank and I was looking (pale).”

Shocked, he went back to work.

“It was kind of hard to think straight,” he recalled. “I kept wondering what am I going to do? I was a little headachy, but a good headache.”

Amador claimed the ticket at the California Lottery’s San Diego District Office. He said he may buy a house with his winnings.

He had only played the “Mystery Crossword Scratchers” game a few times before his victory, as he was more of a Mega Millions and Powerball player.

“I think it’s a good game. It’s a good one now,” he joked.

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