It started out as a typical morning of reading the Sunday paper for Guillermo Parga. The routine was the same as always – first thumb through the sports section, and then enjoy some laughs with the funnies. But the smile the comics put on the 63-year-old’s face was nothing compared to what would happen next. “I checked the Lottery numbers section. I knew I had (Mega) number one, so I thought at least I got a dollar!” Parga laughed. “And then I saw (that I got) all the numbers and said ‘Oh my goodness!’”
Oh my goodness is right. For a $5 investment, the Bellflower aircraft machinist hit it big Saturday night, winning the $12 million SuperLotto Plus jackpot after correctly picking all six lucky numbers (4, 18, 24, 33, 47 and Mega 1). Because it was a holiday weekend, the wait to collect his fortune was especially torturous.
But it was more than worth the wait! Now it’s time to get excited about what to do with an eight-figure check! “I will probably pay some bills, and then take care of my wife,” Parga said. We’re thinking he better take care of her first! Parga admits he waited two whole days before he even bothered telling her their bank account was about to balloon to millions of dollars. Evidently it just slipped his mind! “I was so shocked, I forgot to tell her,” he laughed. Mrs. Parga says she has no hard feelings!