A San Diego couple are now "set for life" after winning big from a $10 scratch-off ticket.
Doug and Lynn Bekkadahl won a monthly payout of $20,000 for the next 25 years after winning with a $10 "Set for Life" scratch-off ticket purchased at a grocery store in Normal Heights, San Diego, according to City News Service.
Doug was originally planning to do his shopping at a military base commissary, but decided to go elsewhere after seeing a long line.
"I forgot it was payday and it was really crowded," said Doug. "So I decided to skip the commissary and go to Vons instead."
Doug went to a grocery store nearby where he bought the winning ticket. Lynn, a military veteran, and Doug say that they plan to use their newfound wealth to take a cruise to Panama, as well as paying off bills and purchasing a condo in San Diego. They also said they were already planning on taking a trip to Spain in October, but with their winnings they may make the trip fancier.
Another lottery-winning couple in Southern California recently came forward to claim the largest lottery prize in state history. On July 19, Marvin and Mae Acosta claimed their $528 million prize, six months after they had won it.
The coupled had taken half a year to collect the prize because they wanted to prepare for the huge prize and its effect on their life.
"It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices," said Hugo Lopez, the director of the California Lottery, "but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do: they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners."
The Acostas received a cash payout of $327.8 million before federal taxes. The convenience store that sold them the ticket, a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, will also receive a $1 million prize.