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California Lottery Player Gets Rich Thanks to His Employee


Brent Young recently stopped at a Visalia gas station for a tank of gas and two Scratchers and walked away a multi-millionaire.

His luck was due to chance and a humble store clerk.

Young’s usual place to stock up and buy lottery tickets was closed that day. “If this had been open,” he said in a press release, “none of this probably would have happened.”

So he stopped at Prince Food & Gas in Visalia.

“He came into the store,” salesman Shawn Gogna told the Times, “and he was like, which ticket should I choose?”

The 21-year-old employee chose two Scratchers lottery tickets for his customer. One of them – “lucky charm No. 17,” Gogna said – contained the game’s top prize of $10 million.

According to lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Becker, Young’s odds of winning were 1 in 3,041,187.

That doesn’t include, of course, the chances of one’s regular gas station being closed or the chances of having a store clerk with the magic touch.

“It’s crazy,” Young said. “Among all these options, the clerk could have chosen a different game.”

Young opted for the lump sum of $5.8 million, less federal taxes. Prince Food & Gas is also a winner, receiving $50,000 for the sale of the winning ticket.

Gogna said his family has operated the Visalia store for about 20 years and this lottery win was the largest in its history and a cause for celebration.

The Times asked Gogna if he received a bonus for facilitating the victory.

“Technically, no,” he replied, while adding that he was not looking for monetary reward. Receiving the winning ticket was a pleasure. Plus, he’s the son of the owner and his father helped him buy him a vehicle, “so I’m very grateful to him for that!” »


Los Angeles Times

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