VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — After years of playing Scratchers, a Van Nuys family is celebrating Christmas with a lot more scratch.
Specifically, the Rios family of Van Nuys has $1 million in new holiday loot.READ MORE: Concerned Residents Speak Out About Rise In People Living In RVs
Francisco Rios told California Lottery officials that he’s been buying Scratchers for years. He recently switched from playing $5 to $10 tickets.READ MORE: Hundreds Attended Procession Carrying Remains Of 20-Year-Old Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Killed In Kabul, To Riverside Mortuary
He purchased two tickets this past Sunday at 7 & 7 Liquor in Van Nuys. Both ended with the number 44. Rios and his family took that coincidence as a hopeful sign.
The family claimed their prize on Christmas Eve at the California Lottery office in Van Nuys.MORE NEWS: Crews Make Progress On Emigrant Fire Burning Near 5 Freeway In Pyramid Lake Area
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