What a day Jose Rodriguez had during his first nerve-racking diabetic blood sugar episode! The 45-year-old La Puente resident and his girlfriend were headed to his aunt’s 80th birthday party in Indio. While the couple got a late start leaving Los Angeles, they were at least on the road. Unfortunately, that’s when Rodriguez started feeling like he was having a medical emergency.
“I’d just recently started taking Insulin (to help treat Diabetes),” the L.A. County electrical engineer explained. “We were in a hurry that morning, so I didn’t have time to eat. On the way, I noticed my blood (glucose) level dropping, so we had to stop at a Circle K in West Covina (1200 S Glendora Avenue) so I could get a couple of candy bars and a drink.”
While he was there, Rodriguez – a self-proclaimed California Lottery Scratchers enthusiast – decided to pick up a Winning Millions Scratchers ticket. It is without question the best $20 Rodriquez has ever invested on a Scratchers game. Why? Because just like that, Rodriguez walked out of the Circle K and got back into his car as the Golden State’s latest instant millionaire! It’s true! He won one of the Winning Millions $1 million top prizes.
“I’d never even been to that store before,” Rodriguez said. “I always buy my Scratchers closer to home, but we had to stop because of my low blood sugar level. I go inside, buy a couple of candy bars, a drink, a Scratchers and I won! Ha-ha. Crazy, huh? All because I needed a candy bar, which I never buy!” Rodriguez said with a tone of amazement in his voice.
The couple continued on to Indio to the birthday party. Not wanting to draw attention away from his aunt’s big day, Rodriguez didn’t tell family and friends his unbelievable story. Rodriguez did end up surprising his aunt by footing the DJ bill for the music played during her celebration.
And get this: Before he left Indio, Rodriguez stopped to buy a California Black Premium Scratchers. He ended up winning a quick 20 bucks on his way back to L.A.! “I’m still in shock,” Rodriguez said. “I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with this money.”