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Auto shop worker wins $750,000 on scratcher ticket

ENCINITAS, Calif. — An auto detail shop manager who won $750,000 with a scratcher ticket purchased in Encinitas has claimed his prize, state lottery officials said Friday.

Marco Amador solved the puzzle on a $10 ticket by forming 10 complete words, and then raced to a nearby store that had a lottery verification machine.

“I scanned it and just stood there looking at the numbers,” Amador said.

He said a store employee asked if he was okay.

“I just pointed at the machine,” Amador said. “I was just kind of blank and I was looking (pale).”

Amador, who bought the ticket at Stater Bros. at 1048 N. El Camino Real, said he normally plays Mega Millions or Powerball games, but a friend convinced him to try scratchers.

He said he will eventually use the money to purchase a house.