As the Powerball jackpot continues to climb, California Lottery players are winning substantial other prizes during this incredible jackpot run. Proof of that is the huge prize claimed by the East Bay couple. John Scroggs had a lucky ticket that matched five of the six numbers that were called in the draw last Wednesday, March 7. The prize for this second place win was an impressive $307,406.
Scroggs, 47, is the one who discovered the good fortune. He recalls standing motionless while staring at the words on the Check-A-Ticket machine. “I immediately went kind of pale,” Scroggs said. “I thought, this is not real.” He then walked out of the store and to the car where his husband, Paul Robles, was waiting along with the couples’ two babies. “I got inside the car and said, ‘Calm down! Open your phone and pull up the Powerball website and read me the numbers,’” Scroggs recalled. “I’m pointing to the ticket as he’s reading them off. The look on our faces was just utter amazement. Surreal!”
Even as they claimed their ticket last Friday at the Lottery’s San Francisco District Office, Robles was still in a stage of mild disbelief. Yes, they enjoy playing the Lottery and seeing stories about winners, but he had never imagined that they’d be one of the lucky players posing with a Lottery promotional check with lots of numbers on it. “Just the thought about how much of a change and the impact it could make on our lives,” Robles said. The couple then began discussing what winning even a non-jackpot prize amount could mean to a family. Their family. “We have two 8-month-old boys … certainly put some of that in a future college fund,” Robles said. “And a good portion of it in a retirement fund.”
Both men work as administrators at Bay Area university campuses; one within the University of California system and the other at a private school in the South Bay. The new parents say they’ve had a lot of sleepless nights since the wonderful addition of their two babies. Winning the lottery has only ramped up their excitement and exhaustion. “I think I’ll go relax and get a massage now,” Robles joked.
The couple purchased their Quick Pick® ticket at the CVS located at 2151 Meeker Avenue in Richmond (Contra Costa County). It successfully matched the numbers 36-6-19-13, and 51, missing the red Powerball number 18. They were just one number shy of winning the $348 million jackpot up for grabs that night. While that was just a dream, consider this – Scroggs and Robles won hundreds of thousands of dollars as a consolation prize! They are very grateful. “I’ve been thinking about how lucky we are, with our great jobs and wonderful house. Last year we had the birth of our twins. Now adding this to it, it just keeps getting better,” Scroggs said. No wonder they’re smiling!