Local lottery winner will pay off debts

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Ken ChasteeneSAN DIEGO — One of the winners of a large Fantasy 5 prize last week was a San Diego cabinet-maker who was struggling financially, the state lottery announced Tuesday.

Ken Chasteene, 52, matched the five winning numbers for Thursday’s drawing to win more than $186,000. The winning numbers were 3,6,7,21 and 31.

Chasteene said he hasn’t been able to find steady work over the past year.

“The occupation that I have, the industry collapsed,” Chasteene said. “Imagine how it feels to be one step away from losing everything. This has to take me as far as I will let it take me … I can pay off my car and a couple of other things. Get that gigantic monkey off my back.”

He said he purchased bread and milk at Par Liquor at 5181 Waring Road and decided to buy a Fantasy 5 ticket when he found an extra $5 bill in his pocket.

Chasteene split a $372,000 jackpot with the holder of another winning ticket purchased in the Northern California city of Salinas.

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