LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The California Lottery’s newest millionaire is very excited about his win but is trying to keep it a secret — from his wife.
Pablo Chavez, 55, a storeroom clerk, won after buying a 50X the Cash Scratchers ticket.
Chavez said his family was floored when he won. “They got more scared than me. I could not believe what I saw,” Chavez said. “I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it.”
The winner’s wife is out of the country on a vacation.
Chavez hopes to keep the win a secret from his wife of 18 years until she gets home.
“I’m afraid to tell her,” Chavez said. “I’m gonna tell her to sit down. I think she’s gonna be nervous.”
The new millionaire wants to help out some family members and buy a house with his winnings.
Does he really think he can keep the win a secret from the Mrs until she get home?
“I told the [family] not to say (anything),” Chavez said.
Chavez bought his ticket at Bunny’s Mini Mart in Compton. The retailer will receive a bonus of $5,000 for selling that winner.
A few days ago, a 20-year-old man claimed a $1 million prize on a 50X the Cash ticket sold in Anaheim.