SALINAS, Calif. - A scratch-off lottery ticket purchased at a Salinas convenience store turned out to be a $1 million winner, according to state lottery officials.
Yoana Abrica-Gomez, 28, passes the ampm store on Work Street on her daily 20-mile commute to school. Recently she stopped in and purchased a California Gold Scratcher ticket.
As she says, "I just felt it."
She sat in her car scratching the ticket and it turned out to be a million-dollar winner.
"I was in shock," she told lottery officials.
She says she plans to use the money to pay off some bills, help her family and maybe buy a house.
The store that sold the winning ticket will get a retailer bonus of $5,000.