SANTA CRUZ, CA - Jacob Lackey of Lackey Woodworking, an architectural millwork firm, won $6.5 million this past week with a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket.

A regular at Steve's Union Service, Lackey visited the local shop as usual on Feb 4, but his routine stop that day included an opportunity that only presents itself to one in 3 million lotto players.

Lackey purchased one scratch-off card that had been sitting next to the cash register. An employee accidentally vended too many cards several days before. Lackey's was the winner.

Upon discovering his prize, the California woodworker told the state lottery he planned to pay off his bills.

Jenny Oneto, co-owner of the Steve's Union Service, told the Santa Cruz Mercury News she was happy to see her regular customer come into good fortune. She added that Lackey is a family man and could benefit from the winnings.

"They're a family-owned business, so we're just happy for him," Oneto added. "It couldn't have happened to a better guy."

Lackey can either collect $5,000 a week for the next 25 years, or take a lump sum of $3 million.

Lackey Woodworking, established in 1972, crafts custom cabinetry, home interiors, and freestanding furniture pieces. As a complete architectural millwork firm, Lackey Woodworking also crafts and integrates custom components for its interiors and custom furniture pieces.

Projects include custom office furniture with dovetails that echo the style of Greene and Greene, as well as cabinets and vanities with rounded face-frames, doors, and drawers.


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