Zach Ramirez of Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo that sold a $1 mill Monopoly scratcher

Zach Ramirez, a clerk at Hollymain Liquor in El Segundo, holds up a Monopoly scratcher ticket on Monday, March 11, similar to the one a customer bought and won $1 million last week. (Photo by David Rosenfeld)

When a man found out he won a $1 million prize on a California Lottery scratch-off in El Segundo, his reaction was, well, understandable.

“He was freaking out,” said Zach Ramirez, a clerk at Hollymain Liquor who sold the man the winning ticket.

The man, Ramirez said, was ecstatic.

Mike Bond, a spokesman for the California Lottery, confirmed that the liquor store sold a winning ticket on March 7. He could not identity the winner, however, because the man had not completed the lottery’s security and verification process.

“They ask questions to verify if the person claiming the prize is the true owner of the ticket,” Bond said. “It could be a stolen ticket or it could be someone handing off the ticket to someone else.”

Ramirez, the store clerk, said the man came in that day to check if his Powerball ticket had won anything. When he found out it didn’t, he bought a $10 Monopoly scratch-off ticket.

“He went to the car and came back a couple minutes later and started freaking out,” Ramirez said. “I was glad for the guy. It was awesome.”

Ramirez said the man left the store in a hurry.

“I guess he had something he wanted to go purchase,” Ramirez joked.

Officials with the California Lottery visited the liquor store shortly after, posting a notice in the window announcing a $1 million ticket was sold there.

For selling the ticket, the store will receive half of 1 percent — $5,000. The scratch-off was the largest winning ticket the store has ever sold, Bond and Ramirez said.

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