A teenager from CALIFORNIA had to take care of an important task first Redeem a scratch card for a $1 million jackpot.
Most people dream of winning the lottery big, but few expect to get a golden ticket on their first legal gamble.
For a newly minted adult, that situation became a reality earlier this year.
Eighteen-year-old Kaleb Heng received a $10 scratch card aptly named “The Perfect Gift” from his grandmother for his birthday.
“My mother wasI wanted to go fishing and on the way I scratched it. “We had to stop,” Heng told California Officials, according to a press release.
However, he couldn’t just walk to the lottery office to claim his winnings.
“It was a million dollars and I didn’t even have an ID!” Heng said.
Although he and his mother were on a trip, they decided to immediately change their plans and get his state ID back.
“We turned around and went home because I had to get ID before I could even pick up the ticket.”
Heng told lottery officials that he intends to use the funds to invest in his lottery.
“I’m pretty excited! I certainly didn’t expect that,” he said.
His grandmother bought the winning ticketMarket in Turlock, which also receives a small cash prize.
Another California nowJohn Vang, John Vang recently became an overnight millionaire after winning a Power 10 scratch card he received as a Christmas present.
His winning ticket was purchased in Fresno by his brother-in-law, state lottery officials said.
“I never actually play scratchers – that’s the funny thing about it,” Vang said of his win.
It’s ironic, he said, because “I play Powerball and Mega Millions, but I don’t play scratch cards.”
He and his wife were away on vacation when they received the gift.