Eric Moore admits he’s not a huge horse racing fan, but he loves playing his luck at the California Lottery’s virtual Daily Derby track. “I’m a regular player. I love the game. I’m hooked on it and have been playing it for years!” confessed the Los Angeles City Public Works employee.
All of his determination paid off handsomely last Saturday night when the 63-year-old Los Angeles resident successfully picked what turned out to be all three winning horses (and the final race time) to win the top prize of a whopping $579,738.
“I almost didn’t play! I almost took a break, but the other part of me said, ‘Don’t give up!’ I’m glad I didn’t listen to that one part of me that said to take a break because I would have been one miserable person,” Moore chuckled. “It’s just disbelief. It hasn’t sunk in. I’m not sure it ever will!”
For the record, the winning horses were: 1st place – #11 – “MONEY BAGS”; 2nd place – #09 – “WINNING SPIRIT”; and 3rd place – #12 – “LUCKY CHARMS”. Lucky indeed! The winning race time was a speedy 1:46.06. Moore purchased his winning ticket near Dodger Stadium at House of Spirits (which is located at 1314 Echo Park Avenue).
To give you an idea of kind of what a big deal this is – the last time someone hit the Daily Derby grand prize was way back on February 7. That’s when the owner of a winning ticket purchased in Carson (Los Angeles County) eventually cashed it in for a sweet payday of $320,315.
“I’m not really a horse racing fan, but I love this game (Daily Derby) because of the horses and the race time,” Moore explained. And I’ll be pulling for California Chrome (at the Belmont Stakes tomorrow). I always watch the Triple Crown. I’ll be in front of my TV.” No doubt counting his money!