LOS ANGELES - Four people in California are giving some extra thanks this Thanksgiving as they celebrate being the lottery's newest millionaires!
The biggest winner was Simon Maida, who scored a whopping $20 million playing a Set For Life! Millionaire Edition Scratcher bought at Village Wine and Spirits on muirlands Boulevard in Orange County.
Melanie Johnson won $2 million playing an Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket she bought from Shinar Pizza Market on East Bradley Avenue in San Diego County.
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Another $1 million prize went to Erick Verdugo, who purchased his winning California Dreamin' Scratchers ticket at a Sinclair station on East Pacheco Boulevard in Merced County.
Susan Lee Loy also won $1 million playing a 50X Fortune Scratchers ticket she bought at the Circle K on Clay Street in Riverside.
One of the winning lottery scratchers. / California Lottery
"My friend said she had been lucky playing the $10 and $20 Scratchers tickets. I started playing and won $100," Lee Loy told the California Lottery, and she didn’t stop there. "I went back to Circle K, and they had it (50X Fortune). I got all the way to the 10th spot, scratched it off, and saw that I won $20,000, and then the multiplier showed 50X. I downloaded the California Lottery app and scanned it. It said I won $1 million!" Lee Loy plans on investing the money.