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Castaic woman scratches her way to $1M

Local becomes millionaire with lotto ticket she bought minutes from her home

Posted: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Smoke 4 Less employee Brenda Gonzalez stands outside the shop on Castaic Road, where a banner announcing the newly-made millionaire has been put up. Signal photo by Jim Holt.

 

A young Castaic woman who worked as for a store at a truck stop is now a millionaire.

Lindsay Sharbutt, 22, of Parker Road in Castaic purchased a winning lottery ticket from a smoke shop which is literally around the corner from where she lives and works.

Sharbutt won the $1 million prize in the California Lottery’s Diamond Millionaire Scratchers lottery, having purchased the ticket from the Smoke 4 Less shop on Castaic Road, less than a block from Parker Road in Castaic. The Lottery retailer is expected to receive a bonus of $5,000 for selling the winning ticket, according to California Lottery officials.

Sharbutt’s friend, Brenda Gonzalez, who works at the Smoke 4 Less shop, said staff at the store are thrilled to have sold her the winning ticket.

“It’s exciting news,” Gonzalez told The Signal Sunday. “I think it’s so cool. We’ve sold some top prizes before but never anything this big."

The store hung a banner over its door Sunday promoting the winning ticket.

Sharbutt, who worked at the Gallions store on Castaic Road, told officials at the California Lottery that she plays the Diamond Millionaire Scratchers because she likes diamonds, according to the lottery’s website.

“She no longer works here,” said a man who answered the phone at Gallions Sunday night.

Sharbutt, who worked for a while as a tutor with the Castaic School District, reportedly told lottery officials that she hopes to act as if she never won the lottery.

“She was thrilled when she scratched her ticket and mistakenly believed she had scored one thousand dollars.

Sharbutt says her immediate reaction to that was, ‘Oh my gosh! I get to pay off my credit card.’ The thrill intensified when the store clerk explained Sharbutt had actually won a cool million,” lottery officials wrote in a story they posted on their website.

“I immediately thought, I want to call my mom,” lottery officials quoted Sharbutt as saying.

“I automatically started looking for cars,” she reportedly told them. “I’m gonna pretend I won $100,000 and put the rest away in investments.”

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