Choosing to “let it ride” and keep playing while he was on a winning streak, Meadows returned to the shop and immediately bought three more of the games - all that was left in the container. The first card he scratched off contained the amazing $10 million prize, beating odds of 1 in 3 million. When he spoke to lottery officials about his win, he said that he “could not believe it” when he uncovered the prize. Meadows asked the clerk for help, who then realised that his customer had indeed won big after checking the ticket in the scanner.
Lakvhir Singh, owner of the Fast Mart, called the win “amazing and unbelievable” when he spoke to reporters. Singh’s store has sold some winning scratchers before, most notably a $25,000 prize in November, but nothing on the level that Meadows has achieved.
Meadows told California Lottery officials that he was still trying to figure out what he would do with the money. Meanwhile, Singh plans to use the $50,000 retailer bonus earned from selling the ticket for some remodelling work on the Fast Mart shop.
The California Lottery sells scratchcards and tickets for draw games like SuperLotto Plus and Fantasy 5 at retailers throughout the Golden State. Try a few today and see if you can strike it lucky like Rodney Meadows!