Local retiree Pat Clark wins $5M playing lottery scratcher game

SAN DIEGO - A retiree who used winnings from one lottery game to purchase a few scratcher tickets in Julian emerged $5 million richer, the state lottery announced Monday.

Pat Clark, who calls lottery games his "retirement hobby," hit the big one in a $5 Million Jackpot scratchers game.

"I didn't have my glasses on and I didn't know I had won," said the 60-year-old Clark. "I had to go verify it."

He purchased his winning ticket at Ramco Petroleum at 1913 Main St. The clerk that sold him the ticket  ended up being more excited than he was, according to Clark. The store will receive $25,000.

Clark said he'll seek financial advice and use the money to pay for his retirement and help family members.

The big scratcher jackpot is the second in San Diego County in one week. A retired truck driver won $3.25 million on a California Lucky Life ticket he purchased in La Mesa.

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