The 26-year-old waiter, a native of Guatelama, couldn’t say why last Monday was the day he picked to play an instant ticket but he’s grateful fate took charge of his schedule.
“I was out shopping, about to return home, when I saw the Lottery sign in the liquor store,” he said. He also has no explanation for his choice of the $5 game. “I can’t tell you why I played this game. I just picked it out.” One thing Garcia can describe with absolute accuracy is his reaction when he uncovered his $50,000 win.
“I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said. “I just stared at the ticket – at the front, at the back. It seemed impossible.”
Family members contacted by phone also expressed disbelief. Garcia’s brother, who accompanied him to claim the prize, told Lottery officials, “I didn’t believe it, but then I could somehow ‘hear’ the shaking, the tremors in his voice. I knew it was real then.”
Garcia and his family will share the newfound Lottery luck and are discussing a family vacation. Also sharing in the fun is Lottery retailer 8 Days A Week, located at 1700 Taylor Avenue in Parkville. The store earns a $500 bonus from the Lottery for selling a $50,000 top-prize scratch-off.