Fresno grandfather wins $650,000 in California Lottery

California Lottery winner John Nieblas of Fresno (California Lottery)
August 2, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Retired auto mechanic John Nieblas spent a buck on a California Lucky for Life Scratchers ticket and came up a big winner.

According to California Lottery officials, Nieblas had the winning ticket for nearly two weeks before turning it in.

"I didn't know what to think. So I had to wait and have both my grandson and my son look at (the winning ticket) to tell me it was real. And when they told me it's true, I jumped up and yelled!" said Nieblas, with a big laugh.

Nieblas purchased his winning ticket at Family Express on Butler Avenue at Cedar Avenue. Lottery officials said Nieblas plans to use the winnings to open his own auto repair shop. "It's still hard to believe to this day that it's true."


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