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A Californian who was determined to give scratch off lottery tickets a good try saw his last chance pay off when he won $750,000.

Miguel Alvarez bought a bunch of California Lottery scratch off tickets a few months ago but didn’t win any money on any of them. He told lottery officials that he did win a free ticket, but that wasn’t what he wanted.

The next day he stopped off at the same store, a Big Saver supermarket in Hollister, San Benito County, and bought one scratch off ticket, a Mystery Crossword game. “I wanted to give it one more try,” the lottery player said at a press conference, through his daughter who was translating. Recently we told you about a man from Southern California who won over $6 million on four different scratch off cards, while another Californian won big on scratch cards thanks to a craving for food.

And with his one last try ticket, Mr Alvarez matched all ten words to win the scratch off’s top prize of $750,000! “I went back inside the store to scan it because I couldn’t believe it,” the lottery player said. “The owner of the store took a picture because she couldn’t believe it either!”

The scratch off winner’s daughter told lottery officials that he had to check his ticket several times because he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. “He felt goose bumps,” he said. “He won five thousand dollars on a scratch off in 2013, so he’s been playing for a while. He’s a regular, but he was just seeing if it was true that he finally won the big amount!” A New York man believed it was fate that brought him his $1 million scratch off jackpot on the same day that he had reconciled with his partner of 8 years.

Dreams really did come true for Mr Alvarez, and he told lottery officials that it wasn’t until he was claiming his prize at the game’s headquarters that it actually felt real. A Welsh Thunderball winner wondered if his £500,000 win was meant to be after he’d told friends he was due a lottery win the week before it came true.

Now, he plans to put a down payment on a new home for himself and his wife of 26 years, saying that they have been dreaming of owning their own house ever since they got married. An Ontario man who won $1 million on the Canadian Lotto Max said that he could finally build a house for his new wife.

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