SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – A lottery puzzle surfaced in South Bay after someone bought a ticket worth nearly $ 20 million at a coffee shop in San Jose over the weekend.
Bay Area residents seem to be quick to buy lottery tickets lately, with the coronavirus pandemic appearing to have spiked sales.
Café Paradise in South San Jose sold a $ 18 million lottery ticket last Saturday.
The cafe owners enjoy their privacy and didn’t want cameras inside. They would also not comment on the sale of the lucky ticket. The prize is $ 90,000.
California Lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Becker confirmed that the winner has not yet claimed their prize.
“The period of time in which someone reports is always different. You know, sometimes people don’t realize they’re winning. Sometimes they notice right away, but they want to think very carefully about their next step. I encourage that, ”said Becker.
Just down the street at the AM / PM store and the Chevron gas station, locals like Freddie Sidbury were hearing the news.
“I’ve been in this neighborhood for over 30 years. It’s not mine! “Said Sidbury with a laugh.” Boy! That is amazing.”
Despite the fact that the winning ticket wasn’t even sold there, people left and right bought lottery tickets. You also buy a lot of scratches.
“Just last week we reached an all-time high for scratcher sales in a week,” said Becker.
They usually sell 90 million scratcher tickets a week, but these are not normal times. More than 129 million scratches were sold last week. They also pay off a lot.
“We recently had a person here in the Sacramento area who won $ 10 million with a scratcher,” Becker said.
The available price for all lottery games this week means there is three quarters of a billion dollars in the game this week.
Sidbury wasn’t surprised the $ 18 million winner wasn’t announced yet.
“I’m not blaming them. I would wait until I could find a way to do it secretly. You know how it is today, ”said Sidbury. “You will create many relatives that you did not have before!”