The winner of the $289K Powerball ticket has been identified as Camino resident Mike Gregor, 67.
Gregor won in the drawing on Aug. 3 when he purchased a ticket at the Camino Food Center and picked five of the winning numbers, only missing the Powerball number.
“I thought someone was messing with me at first,” he said.
As it turns out, Gregor was not the only winner. A total of nine Californians picked five of the six winning numbers, although none picked the Powerball number.
The lottery winner said he’s very happy with his win even though the federal government took 25 percent of it. However, he was surprised to learn he didn’t have to pay any state tax on his winnings. He said he should get his check in six to eight weeks.
Gregor said before releasing a check the lottery office goes through an extensive process. When he and his wife Karen dropped off the winning ticket, he was interviewed to confirm that he was the one who bought the ticket. The lottery office also sent an investigator to the Camino Food Center where they pulled the video of him buying the ticket to verify his identity. He said doing so protects people against the loss or the theft of a winning ticket
Asked how he will spend his newfound riches, Gregor, who is a retired deputy sheriff and assistant coroner, said he will invest the money rather than go out and buy anything big.
“I’m not scoffing at the amount, he said, “but in today’s age, this amount is not life changing.”
Gregor said he regularly buys tickets but is not a big gambler. “I’ve won different things in the past,” he said, “but not this much money before.”
As though to emphasize just how lucky he is, the good-humored Gregor laughed and added that when he was in the food mart buying his winning ticket, he also bought a scratcher ticket that earned him another $20.
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