SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento area man’s California Lottery Scratchers ticket paid off big time.
On Friday, lottery officials said that Darius Williams won the top prize of $5 million from the “$5,000,000 Platinum Payout Scratchers” ticket he brought from the North Natomas Safeway store.READ MORE: 'He Gives Me Everything To Be': Therapy Dog For Woman In Wheelchair Now Needs Wheelchair Of His Own
Williams was one of several recent lottery Scratchers winners across California.READ MORE: Quake Near Truckee: Why Some Got Shake Alerts And Others Didn't
Lottery officials say they’ve record-breaking sales in recent weeks of Scratchers and other games. Last week, Scratchers even saw an all-time weekly high sales of $152 million.
Officials did not comment on exactly what was driving the spike in lottery sales. However, the spike is coinciding with the rollout of the third COVID-19 stimulus check.MORE NEWS: Sacramento Police Officer Justin Shepard Arrested For Alleged Domestic Violence Incident
Cash raised by California Lottery games provides supplemental funding to the state’s public schools.