COTTONWOOD, Calif. - Shasta County is home to a new millionaire. Steve Woodlief of Anderson won $1.3 million from a California Lottery scratcher ticket.
Woodlief purchased the $2 Lucky for Life ticket at Gas Point Market in Cottonwood Tuesday night. He took the ticket to his parents' house. He scratched the ticket and uncovered the word ‘Life' which he soon realized meant that he had won the grand prize of $1,000 per week for 25 years. It adds up to a jackpot of $1.3 million or a lump sum of $750,000.
"I think my parents jumped around more than I did," said Woodlief Wednesday morning. "I was just stunned, I was shocked, my heart rate was through the roof."
Woodlief works as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter with the Shasta Lake Hotshots. He insists he won't quit his job. As for how he will spend the winnings, Woodlief said he had no definite plans, only hinting that a new vehicle might be in his future.
"Invest it the best way I can I guess."
Woodlief said his father got him interested in playing the Lucky for Life game about a year ago. His father was the first person to confirm the ticket really was a winner.
"He read it three or four times back and forth, and it was true!" said Woodlief. He immediately signed the ticket, photocopied it and put it in a safe for safe-keeping.
His parents accompanied Woodlief to Sacramento Wednesday morning to collect the winnings.
It is the largest winning ticket ever sold at Gas Point Market. Owner Donnie Ritcheson congratulated Woodlief who is not only a long-time customer, but also a family friend. His daughter attended high school with Woodlief.
"I was super excited for him," said Ritcheson. "I've known him and his family for a long time. To have him win $1.3 million is pretty exciting. I'm so happy for him."
Ritcheson is a winner too. As the owner of the store that sold the winning ticket, he will win $6,500.