Warner Robins Man Wins $750,000 From Lottery | News
A big payout came just in time for holiday shopping for one Warner Robins man, who scored $750,000 playing a lottery scratch-off card.
Erick Cervantes says it was his first time playing Jingle Jumbo Bucks, and the Georgia Lottery says he had a 1 in 1,560,000 chance of winning the big prize.
He'll take his winnings in one lump sum. The lottery says they deduct 6 percent for state tax and 25 percent for federal tax. That leaves $517,500 for Cervantes.
Cervantes, 31, is married with three children. He says he runs a painting and pressure-washing company out of his home.
He says the check from the Georgia Lottery came just in time for Christmas, and the win was so big, he almost didn't believe his good luck.
"I double-checked the papers," Cervantes says. "But every day someone from the Lottery calls me to ask me something, to remind me of something. So I said, 'Maybe it is true. Because they keep calling me every day!'"
The small business owner says he shelled out $10 for the ticket last Wednesday night and bought it with a friend.
Tuesday morning, OM Food Mart on Feagin Mill Road, where he made the purchase, was sold out of the Jingle Jumbo Bucks scratch-off but had plenty of other ones to choose from.
Store employees say they've had customers win a couple hundred dollars, but have never seen anything like Cervantes' big ticket before.
"A lot of people win," says Bob Patel, who works at the convenience store. "That's why we put them up on the wall."
Dozens of smaller wins are on display inside the store, which Patel says has been open for a year and a half.
Now, a memento of the big win -- a duplicate of Cervantes' oversized check -- will join them.
Cervantes says he's already got ideas about how he'll spend his cash.
He plans to buy Christmas presents for his three kids, take his wife shopping, and beef up his pressure-washing and painting business.
He also has his present picked out.
"I'm going to go get a truck," he says.
Cervantes says he's thinking Escalade.
Earlier this month, a Kathleen man won nearly $59,000 playing Fantasy 5, and in August, a track coach from Bonaire won $740,000 playing the game, too.